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GCRF PhD studentship – The Tragedy of Common Heritage: Environmental Conservation and the Exploitation of the Resources of the Deep Sea Bed

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD Studentship on The Tragedy of Common Heritage. The studentship is funded through Durham University’s new Global Challenges Research Fund Centre for Doctoral Training. The project will require a researcher to analyse the history and development of the regulation of the resources of the deep sea bed and consider how […]

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Patania II, courtesy DEME.

Global Sea Mineral Resources unveils the Patania II nodule collector

This week, Global Sea Mineral Resources unveiled Patania II, a pre-prototype polymetallic nodule collector built to work in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone. Patania II is the successor to Patania I, which was successfully tested in the Central Pacific Ocean last year. Patania I was a track system designed to crawl across the deep seafloor of […]

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The Maersk Launcher, DeepGreen's support ship. with the Ocean Cleanup System 001.

DeepGreen’s vision for the next generation of deep-sea mining

“This is an electric vehicle battery,” Gerard Barron exclaims as he holds a fist-size nodule, dark and lumpy, up to the screen. For Barron, CEO of DeepGreen Resources, harvesting polymetallic metals from the seafloor is not just a new mining venture, it is a mission to transition away from fossil fuels into a new, green […]

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Endpages from The Realm of the Submarine, highlighting the scale of different submersible assets.

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 to Arthur C. Clarke’s The Deep Range, these books provide insight into how we thought about deep-sea exploration and exploitation throughout the 21st century. This month, I stumbled upon a copy […]

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Participants of DSBS 2018. Photo courtesy DSBS.

Deep-sea Biology Symposium: Mining Digest

The Deep-sea Biology Symposium convened last week for its triennial meeting. Over the course of 5 days, participants shared the latest discoveries in deep-sea biology, ecology, and stewardship. Not surprisingly, deep-sea mining played a major role in the weeks discussion. Though it’s hard to capture the breadth of the topics discussed (and many presentations remain […]

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DOSI Day participants. Photo courtesy DOSI.

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

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 on ecosystem-based management of resource use in the deep ocean as well as strategies to maintain the integrity of deep-ocean ecosystems within and beyond national jurisdiction. DOSI met on Sunday, September […]

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Beaked whale gouges on the deep seafloor. Photo from Marsh et al. 2018.

Deep-diving whales lay tracks across the CCZ.

A series of tantalizing tracks on the seafloor led Dr. Leigh Marsh on a journey of discovery that could have significant implications for our understanding of the ecology of nodule fields while extending the record for deep diving marine mammals by over 1000 meters. It began in 2015, when the science team aboard the RRS […]

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The submarine Noctiluca cruises across the surface. Photo Courtesy Shanee Stopnitzky.

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 research institutions. The deep-sea mining community is small and the complexities of working at abyssal depths engenders collaboration, cooperation, and, in the case of exploitation, compromise. While there are many stakeholders […]

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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 strategic plan for the next 4 years and review the draft exploitation regulations. Delegates also discussed recommendations from the Legal and Technical Commission as well as the Finance Committee. Earth Negotiations […]

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