This national marine biodiversity research initiative could do many things for many people.
THE MARINE BIODIVERSITY INITIATIVE: WHAT IT WOULD DO
- Enhance understanding of the fundamental processes responsible for the creation, maintenance, and regulation of marine biodiversity and for changes due to anthropogenic effects.
- Dramatically improve knowledge of the magnitude and distribution of the diversity of animals, plants, and microbes in the marine environment.
- Stimulate the development of new techniques for studying linkages between local (ecological) and regional (oceanographic) processes.
- Stimulate the field of marine taxonomy and systematics, particularly the incorporation of molecular techniques for species identification and population differentiation.
- Provide valuable information for policymakers regarding the preservation and conservation of marine life in the face of rapidly expanding threats from human activities.
- Lead to the long-term, sustained use of the oceans and marine organisms for food, mineral resources, biomedical products, recreation, and other aesthetic and economic gains.