Deep-Sea Mining is Coming

In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Van Dover compared the deep sea to America’s Wild West and cautioned that wildlife losses could be similar if mining companies and the International Seabed Authority — the regulatory agency in charge of the ocean’s mineral resources — fail to establish environmentally sound mining practices before deep-sea exploitation begins.

Go read this now Deep-Sea Mining is Coming: Assessing the Potential Impacts by Erica Westly: Yale Environment 360.

And if you are not convinced about the regulation of deep-sea mining then check out the opinion piece by Van Dover in Nature.

In international waters, there are gaps — some say chasms — with regard to regulation, governance and conservation of special habitats in the deep sea, whether they are hydrothermal vents, cold seeps or deep-water coral reefs. Instead of leaving it to chance or to the goodwill of a few companies, conservation policies should become an integral part of international seabed regulation.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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3 comments on “Deep-Sea Mining is Coming
  1. I’m very sorry for our environment today. Hope it’s getting better. For those mining companies, either deep-sea or mining sources, please pay more attention to our environment. Save the world.

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