The impact of mining polymetallic nodules on deep-seabed communities

Dando, Paul R.. 2021 The impact of mining polymetallic nodules on deep-seabed communities. The Marine Biologist (20). 18-19.

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Abstract/Summary

Polymetallic nodules were first discovered during the 1872-1876 expedition of HMS Challenger expedition at depths of 3800 to 5700 m. The International Seabed Authority has issued exploration licences for the potential extraction of these nodules. There are concerns that long-term environmental damage, including species extinctions, irreversible habitat damage, and unknown consequences for the carbon flux to the deep-sea floor may result from nodule mining. Over 500 deep-sea scientists have signed a statement that transition to the exploitation of mineral resources be paused, until sufficient and robust scientific information has been obtained to make informed decisions as to whether deep-sea mining can be authorized without significant damage to the marine environment and, if so, under what conditions

Item Type: Publication - Article
Subjects: Biology
Conservation
Earth Sciences
Ecology and Environment
Marine Sciences
Oceanography
Pollution
Divisions: Marine Biological Association of the UK > Other (MBA)
Depositing User: Professor Paul Dando
Date made live: 21 Dec 2021 10:28
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2021 10:28
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/9466

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