Writes professor Tim Flannery:
What goes down, comes up, I guess. Why don't people just eat normal fish? Shallow-water ones?
Scientists know more about the surface of the moon than about life on the ocean floor...much of [ocean life] is threatened by the persistent notion that such distant zones are largely empty and have little connection to human activity.
Humans have bombarded the depths for years with chemical weapons, industrial waste, sewage and sunken ships . Meanwhile, trawling has brought some deep-sea creatures to the dinner table. "Like the sump of an engine, the deep is where much of the muck accumulates...But unlike a sump, the pollutants of the deep don't stay there."