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How undersea cables may affect marine life

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Beyond local habitat damage and loss, submarine power and communication cables are subject to temporary or permanent damage to the marine environment due to heat, turbidity (during cable burial), entanglement risks, and the introduction of man-made substrates. can affect Still, the areas traversed by cables are often protected, which can limit anchoring, bottom trawling, and even fishing. Restricted fishing near cables effectively creates reserves and improves fish stocks.

Also, submarine cables do not pollute. It has a stable, inert structure and can be recovered and recycled even after its lifespan (around 20-40 years on average). Her NYU Associate Professor Nicole Starosielski said: her book, submarine network, explores the cultural and environmental aspects of transoceanic cable systems and adds important social science perspectives to the discussion. “We are really advocating for more cables connecting large land-based data centers to renewable grids to minimize fossil fuel consumption.”

In fact, small, developing island nations are critically connected to these sophisticated cable systems without which they would not have access to green energy, telecommunications, remote work technology, electronic health care, and other digital services. you will have a hard time doing it. The complex interactions between marine life and human activity are full of uncharted territory. For ecologists concerned about protecting the environment, these submarine cables remain a meandering question mark.

However, as Clare explains, “the research has value and will help industry leaders, policymakers, cable companies, and other parts of the broader blue economy to make subsea development as sustainable as possible.” It helps us strive to be what we are.”

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