Use cables and pipelines of smaller width
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Communication and power cables, and oil and gas pipelines, can impact subtidal benthic invertebrates through physical damage and habitat loss. Limits on the width of cables and pipelines could be set at the planning stage before laying them on the seabed. This may reduce the level of threat by limiting the extent of damage, and potentially benefit subtidal benthic invertebrates.