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ISA Returns

ISA Returns to Kingston

The 24th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) began Monday morning, March 5th with the opening of the Council. The Council will continue...

The ISA’s Biggest Issue of 2018

As we move into the International Seabed Authority’s (ISA) 24th annual meeting (part 1), DSM Observer caught up with some of the seabed mining...
A polymetallic nodule from the Clarion Clipperton Fracture Zone, purchased from an online dealer. 

Nodules for sale: tracking the origin of polymetallic nodules from the CCZ on the...

You can buy a 5-lb bag of polymetallic nodules from the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone on Amazon, right now.
European Parliament Calls for a Moratorium on Deep-Sea Mining

European Parliament Calls for a Moratorium on Deep-Sea Mining

TODD WOODY on OCEANS DEEPLY | 1 February 2018 As the International Seabed Authority (ISA) drafts regulations to govern the mining of the ocean for...
Delegates for the Development of Standards & Guidelines Multi-stakeholder Workshop. Photo courtesy ISA.

Setting the Standard: Progress on the development of Standards and Guidelines for the...

In the impressive Department of International Relations and Cooperation in Pretoria, over 80 national delegates, members of the International Seabed Authority Secretariat,...
Cut rock samples from the Rio Grande Rise show Fe-Mn crusts (black and gray) growing on various types of iron-rich substrate rocks (pale to dark brown). Photo credit: Kira Mizell, USGS.

A lost continent rich in cobalt crusts could create a challenging precedent for mineral...

The Rio Grande Rise is an almost completely unstudied, geologically intriguing, ecologically mysterious, potential lost continent in the deep south Atlantic. And it also...
Group photo of delegates at the end of the meeting, courtesy ISA. 

In Summary: Part II of the 24th Session of the ISA.

Last month, ISA delegates met in Jamaica for the 2nd part of the 24th Session of the International Seabed Authority to discuss the ISA’s...
DOSI Day participants. Photo courtesy DOSI.

Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative gathers ahead of the Deep-sea Biology Symposium to plan for...

The Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative is a collective of mostly marine scientists whose goal is to use science, technology, policy, law and economics to advise...
Reference Zones

Reference Zones to Measure Deep Sea Mining’s Impact on Seafloor

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is charged with regulating deep-sea mining in the Area and its environmental impacts.  To evaluate these impacts, the ISA’s...
Deep Seabed Mining

The International Seabed Authority and Deep Seabed Mining

MICHAEL LODGE in UN CHRONICLE | May 2017 "The deep ocean below 200 metres is the largest habitat for life on Earth and the most...

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