UH research argues deep sea mining could threaten midwater ecosystems

Midwater animal biodiversity. Squid, fish, shrimp, copepods, medusa, filter feeding jellies and marine worms are among the midwater creatures that could be affected by deep sea mining. (Courtesy photos/Special to West Hawaii TOday)

This graphic shows the potential effects of mining-generated sediment plumes and noise. (Drazen/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Interest in deep-sea mining for copper, cobalt, zinc, manganese and other valuable metals has grown substantially in the last decade and mining activities are anticipated to begin soon.