Scientific value: The specialized adaptations of deep-sea organisms are not just interesting for interest’s sake. An understanding of their biochemistry could also lead to biochemical, medical and other scientific advances.
Commercial value: The deep sea is increasingly being targeted by commercial fisheries in national waters and on the high seas. Populations of deep-sea species like Patagonian toothfish and orange roughy, for example, have already been fished to commercial extinction in just a few years. Currently, most deep-water species are likely to be over-exploited if not protected and better managed.
Find out what WWF is doing to protect the deep sea.