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Brief overview of potential ecosystem impacts of marine phosphate mining in the Western Cape, South Africa

August 2016

This study outlines the potential impacts of marine phosphate mining (or any similar bulk marine sediment mining operations) on marine ecosystems in South Africa. The study was prompted by growing concern over the granting of three applications to prospect for phosphate in extensive areas off the west and south coasts of the Western Cape.

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