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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Deep Sea Mining

Welcome to DSM Observer’s 2018 New Year Edition

Happy 2018 and welcome to our new year’s edition of the DSM Observer.  As our readers return from holiday breaks and family gatherings, we...
high seas treaty

UN General Assembly adopts resolution to move forward with high seas treaty negotiations

MIKE GAWORECKI on MONGABAY | 26 December 2017 The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution on Sunday to convene negotiations for an...
Paul Lynch

Deep Sea Mining from a Pacific Island State Perspective: An Interview with Cook Islands...

Since August 2012, Paul Lynch has led the Cook Islands’ Seabed Minerals Authority, which oversees development of the islands’ national seabed mineral resource. A...
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.  ...
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...
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...
ocean projects

Bait and Switch? Scientists Question Use of ‘Offsets’ in Ocean Projects

As the ocean becomes increasingly industrialized, governments are starting to rely on a strategy long deployed with mixed results to mitigate the destruction of...
ISA Ocean Governance

New Era for the ISA?

The 23rd Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority – and the first Annual Session under new Secretary General Michael Lodge – convened 31...
Open Ocean Treaty

UN Committee Recommends Intergovernmental Conference to Negotiate Open Ocean Treaty

On Friday, July 21st, a U.N Preparatory Committee on high seas biodiversity agreed on a recommendation to the U.N. General Assembly to advance an...
Michael Lodge

At the Helm: An Interview with New ISA Secretary-General Michael W. Lodge

Last July, the International Seabed Authority (ISA) met for its 22nd Session in Kingston, Jamaica and elected Michael W. Lodge of the United Kingdom...

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From the Editor: An update on Solwara I and a call for article pitches.

This was a big month for deep-sea meetings, with workshops on risk management and high seas cable laying, as well as strong representation from...

Polymetallic Nodule and Sulphide Mining to Scale

To better help stakeholders visualize the scale of Polymetallic Nodule and Seafloor Massive Sulphide mining, we created this short info-graphic highlighting the size of...
The Honotua Cable that crosses CCZ Block 1, based on ISA’s maps. Image courtesy Business Wire.

Without “due regard”, mining may get snagged on submerged cables

Representatives from the International Seabed Authority, the deep-sea mining community, and the International Cable Protection Committee met last week in Bangkok for the Second Workshop...