From vast oil reserves to microscopic bacteria, there are many sources of riches to be reaped from the ocean’s depths. With these vast resources, the ocean floor can be interpreted as fields of gold. Attempt after attempt has been made to exploit resources from minerals to organisms with pharmacological value. To this day, all attempts have been in vain.
New generations of technology, to economically collect products from the abyss, are being explored. Currently in development are robots that can explore and harvest commercial materials. There is much promise in the ROVs to be able to reverse the trends that have plagued previous attempts at deep sea collecting.