My Deep Sea, My Backyard: Empowering nations to study the deep

By Melissa Cristina Márquez

What would you say is the biggest collection of human history? While a museum may be on the tip of your tongue, let me stop you right there to tell you that you are wrong. It isn’t a museum, but an environment that most likely holds more human history than every museum on our planet combined: our oceans.

Our relationship with the unpredictable blue spans generations, allowing our regions to be defined by our maritime ways of sailing, trading, networking, and so much more via our watery road. “The deep sea is the common heritage of all of humankind and we must all share in the responsibility to be good stewards of it. So all countries should have access to investigate the deep water parts of their own countries so they can make an informed decision about environmental policy.” Says Brian Kennedy from Boston University, a self-proclaimed lover of the unknown, who has participated in the first deep sea exploration of five different island chains and numerous new species discoveries.

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