SS4.09 Does Intentional Nutrient Fertilization (N,P And Fe) Foster C Sequestration and/or Increased Fish Fertilization?
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2002
Time: 10:00:00 AM
Location: Colwood
 
HollandG, 2WE Associates, Salt Spring, Canada, gholland@2weassociates.com.
Phinney, J, T, ASLO, Washington, USA, jphinney@aslo.org
 
Policy Considerations with Regard to Intentional Fertilization of the Ocean for Atmospheric CO2 Mitigation and Increased Fish Production.
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It has been demonstrated that artificially fertilizing portions of the ocean with iron can lead to plankton blooms and the absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Presently, there are several companies interested in utilizing intentional fertilization for carbon trading credits in future climate change treaties as well as for increasing fish production. The immediate and long-term environmental consequences of such actions require debate in both scientific and policy communities. This paper considers the policy implications for iron fertilization. It discusses briefly the existing laws and conventions governing the use of international waters, the possible responsibilities and restrictions arising there from and liability questions in the event of adverse environmental consequences.