Deepwater sharks in Exuma Sound Bahamas
Species diversity, distribution, and abundance of deepwater sharks In the Exuma Sound, The Bahamas.
Anna Belk et al.
The deep water ecosystem is the largest ecosystem on the planet, which makes up about
98% of the bodies of water on Earth.
This ecosystem has been minimally explored and little research has been conducted in it.
Fishermen moved from shallow waters that were overly exploited, offshore to deeper waters
for a larger abundance of fish. Koslow (2000) conducted research showing that deepwater
populations began depleting due to overfishing.
Deepwater fisheries often catch non-target species of elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) as bycatch