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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...
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...

Deep-sea mining from 2018 to 2024: what can we expect?

At the close of the 24th Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority on 26th July 2018, the future of deep-sea mining appeared precarious....
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...
Deep-sea glass sponges from a polymetallic nodule field. Image from Kersken et al. 2018.

Recent studies expand our understanding of the diversity, distribution, and resilience of species from...

The last half year saw a slate of great studies highlighting the diversity, distribution, and resilience (or lack thereof) of the animals that live...
The Nautilus New Era under construction. Photo courtesy Nautilus Minerals.

Despite setbacks, Nautilus Minerals struggles towards production.

The last half year was a tough one for Nautilus Minerals. In December, their ship contractor defaulted on payments to the production support vessel...
President of the Assembly, Prof. Mariusz-Orion Jędrysek, Dr Diva Amon and ISA Secretary-General Michael Lodge.

Dr. Diva Amon earns the inaugural ISA Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep-sea Research.

Dr. Diva Amon, a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the UK Natural History Museum, was presented with the Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep-sea Research...
New Depth Limit for Deep Sea Marine Burrows

Hydrothermal vents are used as nursery grounds for non-vent animals.

One of the most tantalizing emerging trends from the last half year are new studies showing connections between ecosystems  found on and surrounding hydrothermal...

From the Editor: DSM Observer Relaunches

Hello and welcome to the return of the DSM Observer! DSM Observer was launched in July 2017 to provide news, resources, and deep dives into...
ISA Returns

ISA Returns to Kingston

The 24th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) began Monday morning, March 5th with the opening of the Council. The Council will continue...

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From the Editor: An update on Solwara I and a call for article pitches.

This was a big month for deep-sea meetings, with workshops on risk management and high seas cable laying, as well as strong representation from...

Polymetallic Nodule and Sulphide Mining to Scale

To better help stakeholders visualize the scale of Polymetallic Nodule and Seafloor Massive Sulphide mining, we created this short info-graphic highlighting the size of...
The Honotua Cable that crosses CCZ Block 1, based on ISA’s maps. Image courtesy Business Wire.

Without “due regard”, mining may get snagged on submerged cables

Representatives from the International Seabed Authority, the deep-sea mining community, and the International Cable Protection Committee met last week in Bangkok for the Second Workshop...