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Deep-sea Sponge Grounds: Reservoirs of Biodiversity

dc.contributor.authorUnited Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre
dc.contributor.otherHogg, M.M.
dc.contributor.otherTendal, O.S.
dc.contributor.otherConway, K.W.
dc.contributor.otherPomponi, S.A.
dc.contributor.otherGutt, J.
dc.contributor.otherKrautter, M.
dc.contributor.otherRoberts, J.M.
dc.coverage.spatialCanada
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-11T20:06:16Z
dc.date.available2016-10-11T20:06:16Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.isbn978-92-807-3081-4
dc.identifier.urihttps://wedocs.unep.org/20.500.11822/8579
dc.descriptionThis report draws together scientific understanding of deep-water sponge grounds alongside the threats they face and ways in which they can be conserved. Beginning with a summary of research approaches, sponge biology and biodiversity, the report also gives up-to-date case studies of particular deep-water sponge habitats from around the world. These include the spectacular giant glass sponge reefs of British Columbia – a relic of the time of the dinosaurs – and the diverse sponge kingdom of Antarctica. Long overlooked, recent research now shows that deep-water sponge grounds form complex, slow-growing and long-lived habitats in many parts of the global ocean. As well as forming local biodiversity centres, deep-water sponges are also storehouses of novel chemical compounds, some of which show promise in the fight against cancer and other diseases. Despite their inherent and biotechnological value, deep-water sponge grounds have been damaged by bottom fishing. This report considers the international policy context in which deep-water sponge grounds can be conserved and concludes with a series of expert recommendations for conservation managers and international policy makers. The recommendations set out a series of actions so that these vulnerable marine ecosystems can be conserved for future generations.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherUNEP
dc.rightsPublicen_US
dc.subjectBIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
dc.subjectMARINE ENVIRONMENT
dc.subjectHYDROCARBON
dc.subjectTECHNOLOGY
dc.subjectREMOTE SENSING
dc.subjectCLIMATE CHANGE
dc.subjectWASTE DISPOSAL
dc.subjectMINING
dc.subjectGEOLOGICAL RESOURCES
dc.subjectCORAL REEFS
dc.subjectBIOTECHNOLOGY
dc.subjectFiber Optics
dc.subjectMARINE ECOSYSTEMS
dc.subject.classificationECOSYSTEMS
dc.titleDeep-sea Sponge Grounds: Reservoirs of Biodiversity
dc.typeReports and Books
wd.identifier.old-id9341
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 14 - Life Below Water
wd.identifier.pagesnumber88 p.
wd.identifier.sdgiohttp://purl.unep.org/sdg/SDGIO_00000048


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