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Managing mining of the deep seabed
Wedding, L.M.; Reiter, S.M.; Smith, C.R.; Gjerde, K.M.; Kittinger, J.N.; Friedlander, A.M.; Gaines, S.D.; Clark, M.R.; Thurnherr, A.M.; Hardy, S.M.; Crowder, L.B. (2015). Managing mining of the deep seabed. Science (Wash.) 349(6244): 144-145.
In: Science (Washington). American Association for the Advancement of Science: New York, N.Y. ISSN 0036-8075; e-ISSN 1095-9203, more
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  • Wedding, L.M.
  • Reiter, S.M.
  • Smith, C.R.
  • Gjerde, K.M.
  • Kittinger, J.N.
  • Friedlander, A.M.
  • Gaines, S.D.
  • Clark, M.R.
  • Thurnherr, A.M.
  • Hardy, S.M.
  • Crowder, L.B.

    Interest in mining the deep seabed is not new; however, recent technological advances and increasing global demand for metals and rare-earth elements may make it economically viable in the near future. Since 2001, the International Seabed Authority (ISA) has granted 26 contracts (18 in the last 4 years) to explore for minerals on the deep seabed, encompassing ~1 million km2 in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans in areas beyond national jurisdiction. However, as fragile habitat structures and extremely slow recovery rates leave diverse deep-sea communities vulnerable to physical disturbances such as those caused by mining, the current regulatory framework could be improved.

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