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By David Greer

The development of genetic sciences has resulted in a 'blue revolution' within the approach we use aquatic biodiversity. through 2020, the realm should be consuming virtually as a lot farmed as wild fish, marine micro organism may yield the medication for melanoma and deep-sea micro organism will be exploited to gobble up oil spills. technology is relocating forward at a stunning velocity, and the call for for genetic assets is turning out to be quickly - but governance and coverage lag a long way in the back of. This groundbreaking paintings is the 1st to examine the possession, governance and exchange in aquatic genetic assets. Blue Genes describes the starting to be call for for aquatic genetic assets and the determined have to fill the coverage vacuum concerning the administration and conservation of aquatic biodiversity, which might support create a origin for ideas dictating entry to, and use of, aquatic genetic assets. detailed cognizance is paid to indigenous and native humans having definitely the right to entry those assets and their function in handling and protecting aquatic biodiversity. The e-book concludes with coverage suggestions in particular adapted to aquatic assets, with using six case reviews from 4 continents to demonstrate key matters.

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The chapter concludes with a case study on the ornamental fish industry in the Rio Negro in Brazil. The study illustrates just how difficult it can be to develop adequate strategies for the conservation and appropriate use of aquatic biodiversity in the face of ever advancing technologies. The Rio Negro story also illustrates the important role that rural communities can play in ensuring the sustainable management of aquatic biodiversity – a theme that we’ll continue to develop throughout this book.

Named terrestrial species outnumber those in ocean environments by seven to one, but the deep sea alone may contain 10 million species that have yet to be described (Norse, 1993). Communities of life on the ocean floor are the least understood ecosystems on the planet. Many of the deeper parts of the ocean are largely beyond the frontier of existing knowledge. Scuba divers can’t work below about 92 m – about 1/250th of the depth of the deepest parts of the oceans. New forms of ocean life are constantly being discovered.

Many have become extinct during the last century as the result of logging activities, urban development and other human interventions. Today, fisheries conservation policies have become much more aggressive, thanks to the willingness of policy makers to make conservation decisions that may be very unpopular with commercial fishers. Unfortunately, continuing scientific uncertainty about the status of stocks and the reasons for population swings has fed public scepticism about policy shifts, especially after so many years when commercial importance of a stock overrode all THE GENE RUSH: FINDING NEW VALUE IN AQUATIC BIODIVERSITY 27 other considerations.

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