Training Opportunities

New Contractor Training Candidates Selected

International Seabed Authority (ISA) Contractors have a legal obligation to provide and fund training opportunities for young men and women Developing States. The following new candidates have been accepted for training placements since July: China (announced 1 August 2017) The China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) offered three training positions: Md. Bazlar […]

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ocean projects

Bait and Switch? Scientists Question Use of ‘Offsets’ in Ocean Projects

As the ocean becomes increasingly industrialized, governments are starting to rely on a strategy long deployed with mixed results to mitigate the destruction of habitats on land: offsets. The idea is make up for the loss of biodiversity from development by creating or rehabilitating habitat elsewhere. Now researchers have called into question the efficacy of […]

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ISA Ocean Governance

New Era for the ISA?

The 23rd Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority – and the first Annual Session under new Secretary General Michael Lodge – convened 31 July 2017 at the ISA headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica. By the time of the final gavel on 18 August, the ISA had made a series of decisions with major implications both […]

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deep sea monitoring

Japan Pioneers Long-Term Deep Sea Monitoring Technology

The Japan Agency for Marine‐Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) is field-testing a new monitoring system for long-term environmental data collection on the deep seafloor. The Edokko Mark I is a simple deep sea shuttle camera which descends from a surface vessel to the seafloor using its own weight, captures images and floats back to the […]

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low-carbon future

World Bank: Minerals to Play Significant Role in Low-Carbon Future

A June 2017 report from the World Bank highlights the role that minerals and metals will play in a low-carbon future.  The report “The Growing Role of Minerals and Metals for a Low-Carbon Future”  asserts that the rise of green energy technologies is expected to lead to growth in demand for minerals and metals such […]

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Open Ocean Treaty

UN Committee Recommends Intergovernmental Conference to Negotiate Open Ocean Treaty

On Friday, July 21st, a U.N Preparatory Committee on high seas biodiversity agreed on a recommendation to the U.N. General Assembly to advance an Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) to negotiate a potential Open Ocean Treaty for the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems beyond national jurisdiction. Unlike the seabed beyond national jurisdiction, which has had a legal […]

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deep sea vent

Study Brings New Insight on Deep Sea Vents

A new paper published by scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is challenging scientific assumptions on the way deep sea vents are colonized.  The study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, describes two geographically close hydrothermal vent fields that support very different animal communities.  Both vents were discovered in […]

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Deep Sea Mining DSM Summit

New Book on Deep Sea Mining

A new book from Springer offers one of the most comprehensive looks at deep sea mining to date.  Edited by Dr. Rahul Sharma of Goa, India’s National Institute of Oceanography, Deep-Sea Mining: Resource Potential, Technical and Environmental Considerations is a milestone update on this emerging industry, with contributions in 18 chapters from experts involved in […]

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explore deep seabed

Research Missions Explore Deep Seabed

Exploring some of the world’s most remote ocean regions is no small task, especially when the mission includes investigation of benthic habitats and features on the forefront of interest to the deep seabed mining industry.  Yet a slurry of such expeditions has recently been undertaken, launching headlines around the world and contributing to our scientific […]

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