Virtual deep-sea tour

Page - August 23, 2007
Defending our Oceans was on the road in Europe with our "Deep look into the Oceans tour". It was a deep-sea “road show” for the people of Europe and their decision makers.

Deep, deep Secrets brought to the surface

  • Every second breath you take comes from the oceans.
  • 90 percent of the oceans have yet to be explored
  • There are more maps of the moon than of the deep-sea
  • Only 0.0001percent of the deep-sea floor has been subject to biological investigation
  • Average ocean depth is approximately 3800m. 95 percent of the oceans lie below 130m.
  • Approximately 98 percent of all ocean species live in, on, or just above the seafloor.

The majority of the estimated 500,000 to 1 million species living in the deep-sea have yet to be discovered.

For those who didn't make it to the one of our venues, check out our deep-sea virtual galleries and video! Click on the thumbnails to get thebigger picture of the beauty and the destruction deep down in our high-seas.

Deep sea destruction - facts

  • The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that 75 percentof the world's fish stocks are fully exploited, over-exploited ordepleted.- Unwanted by-catch amounts to 20 percent of the annual world fishcatch
  • In the time it takes for you to take a breath, an area ofseabed the size of 10 football fields is trawled by the high seasbottom trawl fishing fleet. At this rate it will take only 16 years forthe fishing fleet to hit the entire area of vulnerable sea bottom inthe international waters of the high seas once. Trends indicate thatthe high seas bottom trawl fleet is expanding.
  • High seas bottom trawling is so unselective that it has been compared to bulldozing a forest to catch a few rabbits
  • The high seas bottom trawl industry directly employs between 1000-2000people globally, and just 250-300 boats on a full-time equivalent basis.
  • The value of the industry has been placed at 250-300 million euros [USD300-400 million] per year.  The value of the cost of thedestruction to deep-sea life: priceless


Movie - Deep Sea Bottom Trawling

Stunningimages of life in the deep oceans and the destruction caused by deepsea bottom trawling. Click on the play button start.