Deep-Sea Misconceptions Cause Underestimation of Seabed-Mining Impacts

Craig R. Smith, Verena Tunnicliffe, Ana Colaço, Jeffrey C. Drazen, Sabine Gollner, Lisa A. Levin, Nelia C. Mestre, Anna Metaxas, Tina N. Molodtsova, Telmo Morato, Andrew K. Sweetman, Travis Washburn, Diva J. Amon

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Abstract

Scientific misconceptions are likely leading to miscalculations of the environmental impacts of deep-seabed mining. These result from underestimating mining footprints relative to habitats targeted and poor understanding of the sensitivity, biodiversity, and dynamics of deep-sea ecosystems. Addressing these misconceptions and knowledge gaps is needed for effective management of deep-seabed mining.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)853-857
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Volume35
Issue number10
Early online date31 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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