Undersea mining and protected marine reserves – good news/bad news for sea creatures – two annotated infographics

It’s all happening underwater this week, with varying degrees of good news for sea creatures.

Firstly, New Zealand is deciding whether or not to approve a sustainable underwater iron ore operation that could become the world’s first undersea metals mine. The Trans Tasman Resources company plans to dredge for iron ore on the sea floor off the coast of New Zealand.

Secondly, President Obama plans to create the world’s biggest marine protected area (MPA) in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Under the proposal, slated to go into effect later this year, an existing sanctuary would be extended to eventually cover two million square kilometres, effectively doubling the world’s fully protected marine reserves.

Click on the graphics for an expanded view.

Race to mine ocean floor

Race to mine ocean floor

 

Good news for Pacific fish

Good news for Pacific fish

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