Whales will be affected by seabed mining, says expert

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Seabed mining could send the blue whale population out of the South Taranaki Bight, says a marine mammal expert.

Dr Leigh Torres, a marine ecologist at Oregon State University who has studied the blue whale population in the area, made one of thousands of submissions opposing Trans Tasman Resources’ application to mine 66 square kilometres off the west coast of South Taranaki for iron sand.

On Thursday the Environment Protection Authority ruled in favour of the mining company.

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