Reply to: People do care about the deep sea. A comment on Jamieson et al. (2020)

Alan J. Jamieson, Thomas D. Linley, Prema Arasu

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Why don't people care about the deep sea? was a question addressed in a 2020 Food for Thought article in this journal. That article delivered an extensive critique of misleading statements, poorly structured analogies, and common misconceptions to challenge the largely negative or unnecessarily sensationalist narrative when the deep sea is communicated to the public. The overarching sentiment of that article has been countered by a Comment in which it is argued that people do in fact care about the deep sea. However, this counter argument is based on very little to do with the deep sea but rather a corpus of studies relating mostly to cold water corals and people's willingness to pay for their conservation and restoration in the event of impending or recent destruction. We do not feel that the Comment addresses the same problem as discussed in the original article. Here, we explain that the seeming differences of opinion about whether people care about the deep sea are based on two things: the title of the article commented on (not its content) and how the original article, and the Comment on it, define the deep sea.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2340-2343
Number of pages4
JournalICES Journal of Marine Science
Issue number8
Early online date23 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2022


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