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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

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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.

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Collins, P.C., Kennedy, B., Copley, J., Boschen, R., Fleming, N., Forde, J., Ju, S.-J., Lindsay, D., Marsh, Leigh, Nye, Verity, Patterson, A., Watanabe, H., Yamamoto, H., Carlsson, J. and Thaler, A.D. (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, pp. 334-336. (doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2013.03.002).

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Accepted/In Press date: 15 April 2013
Published date: November 2013
Keywords: Hydrothermal vent, Deep-sea mining, Seafloor massive sulfide, Environmental impact assessment, Baseline study
Organisations: Ocean Biochemistry & Ecosystems


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Date deposited: 17 Apr 2013 09:49
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 04:27

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Author: P.C. Collins
Author: B. Kennedy
Author: J. Copley
Author: R. Boschen
Author: N. Fleming
Author: J. Forde
Author: S.-J. Ju
Author: D. Lindsay
Author: Leigh Marsh
Author: Verity Nye
Author: A. Patterson
Author: H. Watanabe
Author: H. Yamamoto
Author: J. Carlsson
Author: A.D. Thaler

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