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VentBase: Developing a consensus among stakeholders in the deep-sea regarding environmental impact assessment for deep-sea mining–A workshop report

Colman Collins, Patrick; Kennedy, Bob; Copley, Jon; Boschen, Rachel; Fleming, Nicholas; Forde, James; Ju, Se-Jong; Lindsay, Dhugal; Marsh, Leigh; Nye, Verity; Patterson, Adrian; Watanabe, Hirome; Yamamoto, Hiroyuki; Carlsson, Jens; David Thaler, Andrew. 2013 VentBase: Developing a consensus among stakeholders in the deep-sea regarding environmental impact assessment for deep-sea mining–A workshop report. Marine Policy, 42. 334-336. 10.1016/j.marpol.2013.03.002

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Abstract/Summary

Mining seafloor massive sulfides for metals is an emergent industry faced with environmental management challenges. These revolve largely around limits to our current understanding of biological variability in marine systems, a challenge common to all marine environmental management. VentBase was established as a forum where academic, commercial, governmental, and non-governmental stakeholders can develop a consensus regarding the management of exploitative activities in the deep-sea. Participants advocate a precautionary approach with the incorporation of lessons learned from coastal studies. This workshop report from VentBase encourages the standardization of sampling methodologies for deep-sea environmental impact assessment. VentBase stresses the need for the collation of spatial data and importance of datasets amenable to robust statistical analyses. VentBase supports the identification of set-asides to prevent the local extirpation of vent-endemic communities and for the post-extraction recolonization of mine sites.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.marpol.2013.03.002
ISSN: 0308597X
Additional Keywords: Hydrothermal vent; Deep-sea mining; Seafloor massive sulfide; Environmental impact assessment; Baseline study
Date made live: 01 Mar 2017 17:26 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/516422

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