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Deep Sea Mining
cobalt

Cobalt on the Rise

Interest in deep sea mining has been accelerating due to the rising price of cobalt. The metal is an important component of EV batteries,...
ISA Releases Stakeholder Submissions to Draft Exploitation Regulations

Report on Mining Code Implementation Workshop Now Available

The final report of the workshop From Paper to Practice: Implementing the Mining Code was released this past week.  The workshop took place on...
New Depth Limit for Deep Sea Marine Burrows

Hydrothermal vents are used as nursery grounds for non-vent animals.

One of the most tantalizing emerging trends from the last half year are new studies showing connections between ecosystems  found on and surrounding hydrothermal...
Mining Code

A Glance at the Mining Code

As the International Seabed Authority (ISA) gets ready to begin its 23rd Annual Meeting this August in Kingston, it’s a noteworthy reflection point to...

Nautilus Minerals pressing ahead with controversial deep sea mining project in PNG

ABC NEWS (Australia) PACIFIC BEAT | 17 April 2017 "The planned undersea mining project, Solwara 1, in Papua New Guinea is entering the first underwater...
ISA Secretariat Japan Presents Credentials

Update on ISA Secretariat Activities

During October-November 2017, Secretary-General Michael Lodge and his staff at the ISA Secretariat have been busy advancing and promoting the work of the ISA.  ...
deep sea monitoring

Japan Pioneers Long-Term Deep Sea Monitoring Technology

The Japan Agency for Marine‐Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) is field-testing a new monitoring system for long-term environmental data collection on the deep seafloor. The...
Deep Sea Mining DSM Summit

New Book on Deep Sea Mining

A new book from Springer offers one of the most comprehensive looks at deep sea mining to date.  Edited by Dr. Rahul Sharma of...
explore deep seabed

Research Missions Explore Deep Seabed

Exploring some of the world’s most remote ocean regions is no small task, especially when the mission includes investigation of benthic habitats and features...
map of the ocean floor

Why the First Complete Map of the Ocean Floor is Stirring Controversial Waters

KYLE FRISCHKORN on SMITHSONIAN.COM | 13 July 2017 "In June, an international team of oceanographers launched the first effort to create a comprehensive map of all...

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A nodule harvester. Image courtesy DeepGreen.

What’s next for deep-sea mining in 2019?

1. Outcomes from the LTC. In the next few weeks, the Legal and Technical Committee will release their draft regulations for mining...

Trying to Grasp the Financial Model

The Financial Model, the mechanism by which the ideals built into the founding principles of the ISA—that mineral resources in the high seas are...
A snail relocation experiment near Solwara I. Photo courtesy Nautilus Minerals.

Is this the end of Nautilus Minerals?

Last month brought grim news for the struggling Nautilus Minerals, once hailed as the world’s first viable deep-sea mining company. While ISA...