Articles | Volume 16, issue 16
Research article
21 Aug 2019
Research article |  | 21 Aug 2019

Observations of deep-sea fishes and mobile scavengers from the abyssal DISCOL experimental mining area

Jeffrey C. Drazen, Astrid B. Leitner, Sage Morningstar, Yann Marcon, Jens Greinert, and Autun Purser

Data sets

Seafloor images from the Peru Basin Disturbance and Colonization (DISCOL) area collected during SO242/2 Autun Purser, Yann Marcon, and Antje Boetius

Short summary
We investigated the fish and scavenger community after a deep seafloor disturbance experiment intended to simulate the effects of deep-sea mining. Fish density returned to background levels after several years; however the dominant fish was rarely found in ploughed habitat after 26 years. Given the significantly larger scale of industrial mining, these results could translate to population-level effects. The abyssal fish community at the site was similar to that in the Clarion–Clipperton Zone.
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