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In March 2006 the International Seabed Authority held the 8th of its series of workshops at its headquarters entitled “Cobalt-crusts and the diversity and distribution patterns of seamount fauna”
The current workshop is being held in order to determine the impact that exploration and mining activities related to cobalt-rich crusts will have on seamounts and their associated biodiversity. Issues to be addressed include the biogeography of seamount species in order to determine whether localised impact will have global implications. This knowledge will allow for a better determination of the data and information that will be required from contractors when establishing environmental baselines and associated monitoring programmes.
The aims of the workshop on Cobalt-crusts and the diversity and distribution patterns of seamount fauna” are to:
The workshop hopes to provide a forum for experts to highlight relevant research activities that can address the gaps in knowledge. These research activities may already be competed, currently underway or planned for the future. The meeting is also an opportunity for participants to develop collaborations for the future.
These maps on cobalt-rich crusts locations were created using current data held with the Authority and from Seamounts Online.
All powerpoint presentations have been converted to pdf format to allow easy download and access. Some of the presentations however are quite large in size. We would therefore suggest that these presentation be downloaded first to your hard drive prior to opening it. Presentations for the first day's session are as follows:
Monday 27 March 2006
28 March 2006