UN treaty would protect high seas from over exploitation

The first significant steps towards legally protecting the high seas are to take place at the UN in New York.

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Deep-sea mining tools.
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Matt McGrath | 4 September 2018

The first significant steps towards legally protecting the high seas are to take place at the UN in New York.

These waters, defined as the open ocean far from coastlines, are threatened by deep-sea mining, over-fishing and the patenting of marine genetic resources.

Over the next two years, government representatives aim to hammer out a binding agreement to protect them against over-exploitation.

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