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Identifying and mitigating potential impacts of seabed mining on whale, dolphins and other marine megafauna 

  • There is potential for environmental impacts associated with deep sea mining
  • It is a relatively new technology with considerable uncertainty regarding the potential for environmental impacts
  • In most mining locations, the biological environments are often poorly understood by comparison to terrestrial environments
  • The potential for environmental impacts have also attracted considerable attention from NGOs, IGOs and other stakeholders
  • There are currently no recognised international best practice guidelines for minimising or mitigating environmental impacts
  • Regulators, therefore, often apply the precautionary approach