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Friday, October 19, 2018
Deep Sea Mining

From the Editor: A submarine for every explorer!

I like to keep an eye out for classic books from the early days of ocean technology, both factual and fiction. From Monturiol’s Dream...


The rise of low-cost ROVs and community submersibles

As a community, we discuss mining, management, and monitoring, as well as the regulations that shape them, in terms of governments, major corporations, and...

Policy Spotlight

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...
ISA Returns

ISA Returns to Kingston


Upcoming Events

  1. OTGA/VLIZ Training Course: Research Cruise Planning & Management

    October 15 - October 19
  2. Deep-Sea Mining: Resolving Risk

    November 5 - November 6
  3. Beyond Challenger: a new age of deep-sea science and exploration

    November 12 - November 13

Industry Releases

Seabed mining machinery Photo: Mike Smith

PNG earthquakes raise concerns over seabed mining project

Radio New Zealand | 15 October 2018 On Thursday last week, a magnitude 7.0 quake struck off the south coast of New Britain island, the second...
peninsular India

Deep sea robots reveal mineral riches in the abyss

Matthew Stock | 20 September 2018 BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) - From the safety of their research vessel, scientists are exploring one of Earth’s last frontiers...
Dr. Hamed Said Al Aufi, Undersecretary of Fisheries at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries expects job opportunities from the 32-country conference.

Oman plans to boost fisheries, mining, logistics jobs

Times News Service | 2 October 2018 Muscat: Oman aims to create jobs in the logistics, fisheries, mining, and energy sectors through a 32-country conference that...

New Battery Soaks Up Carbon Dioxide

 Prachi Patel | 4 October 2018 Researchers at MIT have made a new lithium-based battery that runs on carbon dioxide taken directly from a power plant. Their...
Autonomous underwater vehicle onboard the Maersk Launcher

DeepGreen research ship reports early positive findings of deep ocean metals

International Mining | 2 June 2018 The first of five ocean campaigns, co-sponsored with Maersk, bodes well for environmentally sustainable and economic recovery of metals....
Patania II, courtesy DEME.

DEME unveils innovative nodule collector pre-prototype ‘Patania II’

PortNews | 18 September 2018 Global Sea Mineral Resources (GSR), DEME’s subsidiary specialised in deep sea harvesting, has unveiled the nodule collector ‘Patania II’. The...
A new species of the sea-anemone-like Relicanthus clings to a sponge stalk on the floor of the Pacific Ocean.Credit: D. J. Amon & C. R. Smith

Discovery of vibrant deep-sea life prompts new worries over seabed mining

Amy Maxmen | 21 September 2018 Deep in the eastern central Pacific Ocean, on a stretch of sea floor nearly as big as the continental...
China is expected to produce more e-waste than the United States or the European Union by 2030 (Image: Global E-Waste Monitor)

The treasure hidden in our gadgets

Catherine Early | China Dialogue Gold is the most valuable metal in a phone. One tonne of gold ore contains around 1-5 grams of pure...
Photo: AFP

Futuna rejects seabed exploration and mining

Radio New Zealand | 14 September 2018 The rejection of any further exploration of the seabed was expressed at a meeting in Futuna with French...
Photo by Bloomberg MARKET POTENTIAL The African mining waste management market is split between a handful of companies, however, there is potential for several small companies to enter the market in the form of independent waste management service companies

Mining waste set to grow, but ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ solutions abound

Tracy Hancock | 7 September 2018 The evolution of waste management techniques to accommodate the shift to low-grade ores by mining operations is one of...
Map Key: Red: 10% of concentrated biodiversity (the most important habitats and feeding grounds for migratory species), Yellow: 70% of biodiversity (areas of importance for migratory species), Deep blue: areas not important for migratory species.

Negotiations start on a high seas treaty

Zhang Chun | September 5, 2018 The high seas cover two thirds of the ocean and are home to 90% of marine life, but this vast...
Hydrothermal vent covered in tube worms.

Marvels of the deep and their superpowers

Jonathan Amos | 4 September 2018 Maggie Georgieva is turning a jar of preservative around in her hands. "This is it," she says. "This is...


Can India mine deep-sea resources without disturbing the Indian Ocean seabed...

JENCY SAMUEL on MONGABAY | 9 February 2018 Mining of polymetallic nodules present in the seabed in the Central Indian Ocean Basin can help...

Science Briefs

Advanced spatial planning models could promise new era of sustainable ocean...

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY | 5 March 2018 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Earth's vast oceans brim with potential for commercial activities ranging from tourism to shipping to...
"I think this is a particularly useful approach when we think of new and emerging uses," Sarah Lester said. "There's a trend toward new ocean industries -- whether it's aquaculture, alternative energy or deep sea mining -- that could make great use of this approach."