deep sea mining

Blue Growth Could Help Drive the European Economy, but at What Cost to the Oceans?

Posted Mon, Jun 30, 2014 by Hanna Paulomäki to baltic sea, blue growth, deep sea mining, EU marine protected areas, offshore wind

Shorthorn sculpin (Myoxocephalus scorpius) on blue mussels (Mytilus edulis)

Shorthorn sculpin (Myoxocephalus scorpius) on blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) in Knolls Grund, Western Gotland Basin, Sweden.

Blue Growth is a European strategy to drive the economy in the marine and maritime sector—through practices like deep sea mining, aquaculture, and more—but Oceana in Europe is advocating for the importance of long-term protection for marine ecosystems as a mean to instill sustainable economies and profitable fisheries in the long run. This article originally appeared on Oceana in Europe’s blog.

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Deep Sea Mining Threatens European Oceans

Posted Thu, Jun 12, 2014 by Andrew Cooper to deep sea habitats, deep sea mining, vulnerable marine ecosystems

Corals threatened by deep-sea mining.

Deep-water sea fan (Iciligorgia schrammi) in the Elbow Reef, Key Largo, Florida during a 2010 Oceana Latitude Expedition off the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Oceana / Carlos Minguell)

We used to think of the ocean floor as a barren desert — devoid of life and unimportant to ocean health. But as scientists explore the depths, they are discovering that the deep ocean seafloor is home to many thriving and diverse ecosystems. Fields of tube worms sway around smoking hydrothermal vents, while fields of cold-water corals blanket the slopes of underwater ridges and mountains. These biodiversity “hot spots” provide shelter, protection, and breeding areas for many marine species. Unfortunately, these biodiverse places could soon be destroyed by deep-sea mining.

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