Seabed Mining Project

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  • The Indian Ocean

    The International Seabed Authority (ISA) was established by the Law of the Sea treaty to manage seabed miningin areas beyond national jurisdiction while protecting the marine environment. The ISA is drafting regulations toaccomplish these objectives with rules on where and how seabed mining could occur. Its regional environmentalmanagement plans, which could designate large no-mining zones, are a... Read More

  • Seabed Mining Rules Should Include Strong Ocean Protections

    The minerals that power modern society—copper, cobalt, nickel, manganese, gold, and rare earth elements, among others—have been discovered across vast tracts of the ocean floor. Governments and for-profit companies are eager to exploit these resources, which are used in the manufacture of cars, mobile phones, computers, and wind turbines, as well as bridges and buildings.  Read More

  • Summaries of Stakeholder Submissions on the ISA Draft Exploitation Regulations

    The International Seabed Authority (ISA) took major steps at its annual session in August 2017 to advance the development of a Seabed Mining Code. It was agreed that the ISA Council would convene twice a year in order to meet an ambitious timetable under which the ISA could approve exploitation regulations by 2019. Read More

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Leah Weiser

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202.540.6304