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Deep Sea Mining Summit 2017
16th August 2017
In May, Senior Consultant Robert Goodchild delivered a presentation titled ‘Defining the Potential Impacts of Deep Sea Mining on Benthic Faunal Communities’ at this year’s Deep Sea Mining Summit in London. The conference was very well attended and covered various topics from the challenges of extracting minerals from the deep sea, to forming international regulatory policy to monitor seabed mining to the ecological impacts of mineral extraction.
Rob’s talk focussed on the MESL involvement in the NERC funded Marine E-Tech research project for which MESL have been tasked with producing a habitat map of the deep sea Tropic Seamount found some 300 nautical miles South West of the Canary Islands. MESL have been examining the geophysical and biological data collected at depths of up to 3300 meters during the 6 week research cruise of the site to develop a better understanding of the habitats present. MESL will also produce a sensitivity assessment of the seamount, looking at the potential effects of deep sea mining activities on the ecology of the site, drawing upon the experiments carried out during the cruise where sediment plumes were produced on the seamount mimicking those likely created during deep sea mining activities. Keep an eye on the MESL website for updates on the Marine E-tech project.