Dire Effects of Seabed Mining: Loss of Biodiversity

Published By : 27 Jun 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Dire effects of seabed mining on the marine life that dwells inside the sea, can dampen the nascent seabed mining industry, stated a group of 15 marine scientists and legal scholars. This is just the most recent of the many desperate pleas from marine scientists to apply the brake on further mining the sea floor. The loss of biodiversity and ecosystem function is affecting the heath of the ecosystem. ISA has invited the scientific community to provide suggestions on which environmental practices for deep sea mining will be less harmful. 

Discovery of Precious Metals Fueling Deep Sea Mining

New species are increasingly being discovered from the bottom of the ocean and deep seas and thus, the sea has become a new site for gold of late. The discovery of precious minerals such as cobalt and nickel, apart from oil has led to the increasing exploration activities and missions in the sea. By 2017, there will be over 27 new deep sea mining contracts. Of these, it is anticipated that 17 will be in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, a region of the Pacific Ocean.

The argument that loss of biological diversity in the deep sea can be compensated with gains in diversity elsewhere is so lame, that it is scientifically meaningless. It is like saving apple orchards to protect grapes, said Craig Smith, an oceanography professor at the University of Hawaii. The ISA has thus, begun working on the regional environmental protection plans, which includes identifying APEI or Areas of Particular Environmental Interest within regions of interest to connectors.

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