By Juliet Eilperin
September 7, 2011
The Washington Post
Industrial fishing in the deep sea should be banned because it has depleted fish stocks that take longer to recover than other species, according to a paper by an international team of marine scientists.[snip]
Certain deep-sea species have gained widespread popularity — including orange roughy and Patagonian toothfish, otherwise known as Chilean sea bass — only to crash within years.[snip]
Bottom-trawling can crush deep-sea corals that can live for as long as 4,000 years, the scientists noted. Some fish species of the deep live for more than a century, and while they can spawn many eggs, there can be several years in which juveniles fail to make it into adulthood. Orange roughy, which Australia declared a threatened species in 2006, take 30 years to reach sexual maturity and live up to 125 years.