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New Papers Explore Environmental Impacts of Deep Sea Mining

New Papers Explore Environmental Impacts of Deep Sea Mining

Two new papers in major scientific journals opened the new year with a focus on the potential environmental impacts of deep sea mining.  The papers, published in Science and Frontiers in Marine Science, took big-picture looks at current scientific evidence on the impacts of seabed mining in the context of increased demand for  key minerals […]

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Nautilus

Nautilus: Good News / Bad News

Nautilus Minerals is advancing its equipment-testing at the same time as financial and management shortfalls prompt worries about the firm’s longevity. Submerged trials for Nautilus’ Seafloor Production Tools (SPTs) began in Papua New Guinea during the latter part of 2017 and are now nearing completion. Trials on the Collecting Machine and Auxiliary Cutter were completed […]

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ISA to Meet in Kingston

ISA to Meet in Kingston

In March, the ISA will hold the semi-annual meeting of its Legal and Technical Commission (a regularly-scheduled event) immediately after the completion of a semi-annual meeting of the ISA Council (an innovation for a body accustomed to once-a-year sessions) .  The dates are 5-9 March for the Council and 12-23 March for the Legal & […]

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Blue Growth

New Book Features Seabed Mining Among EU “Blue Growth” Industries

River Publishers has released Building Industries at Sea: ‘Blue Growth’ and the New Maritime Economy.   The book highlights four promising areas of activity identified by the European Union for their ‘Blue Growth’ potentials. The chosen sectors are Aquaculture; Renewable Energy (offshore wind, wave and tide); Seabed Mining; and Biotechnology.  Each area has experienced a rise […]

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FAU Receives Grant for Subsea Wireless Communications Technology

FAU Receives Grant for Subsea Wireless Communications Technology

The U.S. National Science Foundation has provided a grant for $500,000 to Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science for development of a real-time subsea wireless communications technology.  The team will design, deploy and evaluate a first-of-its-kind testbed for real-time undersea wireless communications and surveillance (data, voice, and video streaming). The new technology, […]

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European Parliament Calls for a Moratorium on Deep-Sea Mining

European Parliament Calls for a Moratorium on Deep-Sea Mining

TODD WOODY on OCEANS DEEPLY | 1 February 2018 As the International Seabed Authority (ISA) drafts regulations to govern the mining of the ocean for valuable minerals, the European Parliament has called for a ban on seabed mining until the environmental impacts and risks of disturbing unique deep-sea ecosystems are understood. In a resolution, the […]

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How Scientists Use Bioluminescent Deep-Sea Creatures to Fight Cancer

How Scientists Use Bioluminescent Deep-Sea Creatures to Fight Cancer

MATTHEW O. BERGER on OCEANS DEEPLY | 22 January 2018 Determining whether new immunotherapies are successfully fighting cancer cells can be difficult and expensive. Creatures from the depths of the ocean might be able to change that. Those were the findings of a recent research project, and they underscore what a number of scientists and […]

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Tear Down That Paywall: The Movement to Make Ocean Research Free for All

Tear Down That Paywall: The Movement to Make Ocean Research Free for All

JESSICA LEBER on OCEANS DEEPLY | 18 January 2018 While working for the Australian Department of the Environment, Christopher Cvitanovic, a marine protected area science manager, would encounter subscription paywalls that blocked his access to scientific studies. Article by article, he’d email the department’s library to request the full-text copy. Maybe he’d get it a […]

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ISA Releases Stakeholder Submissions to Draft Exploitation Regulations

ISA Releases Stakeholder Submissions to Draft Exploitation Regulations

INTERNATIONAL SEABED AUTHORITY | 11 January 2018 JAMAICA, Kingston – – The Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority has released the submissions from member States and other stakeholders to the “Draft regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area” (ISBA/23/LTC/CRP.3*) issued by the Secretariat on 25 August 2017, including responses to the list of […]

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