Life Science Hour Seminar Series

Name:Cindy Van Dover
Affiliation:Duke University
Title:Spatial planning in the deep sea in the Area Beyond National Jurisdiction: Seabed mining, seabed protection
Date:Friday, 25 January 2019
Location:Murie Life Science Bldg, Murie Auditorium.


Without much fanfare, large areas of the seabed in international waters have been placed under contract for mineral exploration, and the international Seabed Authority (ISA)-the competent legal authority-is now writing the exploitation regulations. The first exploitation contracts are anticipated to be awarded soon after the exploitation regulations are approved by the member States of the ISA. The ISA also has responsibility of protecting and preserving the marine environment from mining activities, and it is pushing forward with efforts to establish no-mine areas, through networks of Areas of Particular Environmental Interest APEIs as part of Regional Environmental Management Plans (REMPs). This talk will summarize recent efforts to design scientifically robust APEI networks for the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge and discuss some of the complexities of moving such a design or it’s derivative into an internationally approved management plan.

About the Speaker:

Cindy Van Dover is the Harvey W. Smith Distinguished Professor of Biological Oceanography at Duke University and a former pilot of the deep-sea research submarine ALVIN. Her research has focused on the study of chemosynthetic ecosystems and is now primarily devoted to emerging conservation themes related to proposed deep-sea mining and environmental management. Van Dover was the curator of Beyond the Edge of the Sea, a traveling exhibition of illustrations of deep-sea organisms and environments by artist Karen Jacobsen. She has been a Fulbright Fellow in France, a Fulbright Arctic Chair in Norway, and she is the recipient of honorary degrees from the University of Bergen (Norway) and the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) for her contributions to deep-sea science.

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