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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...
Deep-sea mining tools.

UN treaty would protect high seas from over exploitation

Matt McGrath | 4 September 2018 The first significant steps towards legally protecting the high seas are to take place at the UN in New...
Pelagite (deep seafloor manganese nodule). Courtesy John St. John

The Race Is On to Mine the Deep Sea—But Scientists Are Wary

Jon Letman | 29 August 2018 Closer than the moon, yet less well-mapped than Mars, the Earth’s seafloor is home to otherworldly creatures befitting a...
Deep-sea mining prospects in the Indian Ocean. ISA.

[Indian] Cabinet approves Rs 1600 crore for Ocean programme

Kalyan Ray | 29 August 2018 The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a Rs 1,600-crore programme to harness ocean resources and keep an eye on...
KASM chairwoman Cindy Baxter said the news was a victory for those who fought against the seabed mining consent. TOM PULLAR-STRECKER/STUFF.

Environmentalists win appeal against seabed mining decision

Catherine Groenestein and Christina Persico | 28 August 2018 The South Taranaki Bight seabed mining decision was overturned because its method of environmental management was illegal,...
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Seabed mining the next frontier as DeepGreen trawls Pacific for copper

Jana Marais | 24 August 2018 DeepGreen Metals, which plans to extract copper, cobalt, zinc and manganese from the seabed in the Pacific Ocean, says...
Whale grooves on the sea floor.

Beaked whales may frequent a seabed spot marked for mining

Carolyn Gramling | 21 August 2018 Whales may have made their mark on the seafloor in a part of the Pacific Ocean designated for future...
An artist’s rendering of a deep-sea vehicle designed by Dutch company Royal IHC to harvest polymetallic nodules from the seabed. (Royal IHC)

Hurry Up and Wait: Big Decisions on Seabed Mining Remain Unresolved

Todd Woody | 25 July 2018 It felt like Groundhog Day at the International Seabed Authority last week. When delegates to the United Nations-chartered organization met...
The guidelines, the result of a three-year international effort, should help identify areas of particular environmental importance where no mining should occur. (Image: Mountains in the Sea 2004. Courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration.)

Experts come up with plan for protecting deep-sea life from mining.

Cecilia Jamasmie | 11 July 2018 The guidelines, published this month in the journal Science Advances and the result of a three-year international effort, should help identify areas...

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