Issue: Pressures on biodiversity - Pressures on marine biodiversity: pressures of energy and mineral exploration and extraction

This is an issue under the Biodiversity theme of the Data Reporting System.

Why we need to know about this issue

Harvesting of non-living materials and fuels (eg pipelines, exploration drilling and extraction rigs and wells) can impact on the surrounding marine environment and biodiversity via direct disturbance of benthic ecosystems and discharges which affect water quality or temperature.

Seismic surveys are a further routine activity in the harvesting of non-living materials and fuels. Little is currently known about the impact of seismic noise on marine animals.


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