New publication: ‘Access to Marine Genetic Resources (MGR): Raising Awareness of Best-Practice Through a New Agreement for Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ)’. By Rabone M, Harden-Davies H, Collins JE, Zajderman S, Appeltans W, Droege G, Brandt A, Pardo-Lopez L, Dahlgren TG, Glover AG and Horton T (2019). Front. Mar. Sci. 6:520. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00520 – https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2019.00520/full
The aim of this paper is to describe MGR from a scientific perspective, to review current practices for the generation of and access to MGR from ABNJ in the context of relevant regulations, and to illustrate the utility of best-practice with a case study. It is suggested that commitment to best-practice would allow greater sharing of MGR for research and extensive secondary use, including conservation and environmental monitoring.