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 (+1 others)
2020 Trends in Ecology & Evolution  
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.
doi:10.1016/j.tree.2020.07.002 pmid:32741648 fatcat:rzv3gnyqnzanrmdk7lu2cwgzbu