Megabenthic Assemblage Structure on Three New Zealand Seamounts: Implications for Seafloor Massive Sulfide Mining

Date: March 16, 2015

Authors: RE Boschen, AA Rowden, MR Clark, SJ Barton… – Mar Ecol Prog Ser, 2015

Seamounts are recognized for their bio-logical importance and, more recently, mineralwealth. However, in most cases the biological information required to assess the risk to seamount assemblages from mining is lacking. This study uses towed video footage and environmental data to investigate the patterns of mega faunal distribution, assemblage structure and association with environmental variables, both within and amongst 3 seamounts along the Kermadec volcanic arc in the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone.

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