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


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (06 Jun 2019) by Tina Treude
AR by Svenja Lange on behalf of the Authors (17 Jul 2019)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (27 Jul 2019) by Tina Treude
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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