A study conducted by Nereus researchers Guillermo Ortuño Crespo (Duke University), Daniel Dunn (Duke University/University of Queensland), Patrick Halpin (Duke University) and others about governance of biodiversity in the high seas appeared on the website Science Daily.

In their paper, the researchers warn that thousands of marine species could be at risk if a new United Nations high-seas biodiversity treaty omits measures that would address managing all fish biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ), aka the ‘high seas’. The study coincides with the ongoing United Nations biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) treaty negotiations, happening in New York City. You can also read Guillermo’s summary of their study here.


Crespo, G.O., Dunn, D., Gianni, M., Gjerde, K., Wright, G. & Halpin, P.N. (2019). High-seas fish biodiversity is slipping through the governance net. Nat. Ecol. Evol. link

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