World's First Deep-Sea Mining Venture Set to Launch in 2019
24 March 2017 Remote-controlled robots will journey to the bottom of the ocean in search of copper, nickel, cobalt, gold, and platinum as global demand for minerals surges.
Deep-sea corals reveal why atmospheric carbon was reduced during colder time periods
14 March 2017 Efficient nutrient consumption by plankton in the Southern Ocean drove carbon sequestration in the deep ocean during the ice ages, a new study suggests.
Sri Lankan bill to ban bottom trawling to be passed this month
13 March 2017 A bill to ban the pernicious practice of bottom trawling, which will affect thousands of Sri Lankans and Indians fishing in the sea between Sri Lanka and India, is to be passed by the Sri Lankan parliament by March end.
Deep sea life faces dark future due to warming and food shortage
23 February 2017 New study reveals negative impact of climate change, human activity, acidification and deoxygenation on ocean and its creatures
Important submarine canyons ecosystems are at risk
22 February 2017 NOC scientists contributed to a recent review of studies of submarine canyons, which identified they are at risk from human activities, and require better protection.
Study: Deep-sea mining causes long-lasting ecological damage
10 February 2017 No commercial deep-sea mining operations are yet underway, but the International Seabed Authority has issued several exploratory mining licenses.
Seamounts on the High Seas Should Be Managed as Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems
25 January 2017 The authors of a new paper find that, as true and functional VMEs, all seamounts should be protected in perpetuity from bottom fishing gear and other forms of direct human disturbance, including seabed mining.
How could Nautilus Minerals get a social licence to operate the world's first deep sea mine?
12 January 2017 It is now twenty years since people began to debate the question of how mining companies could show that they possessed a ‘social licence’ for industrial activities that are known to have significant environmental and social costs.
Landing The Blame – Overfishing In The Deep Sea 2017-18
4 January 2017 Fisheries ministers risk damaging our natural resources beyond repair by consistently setting fishing limits above scientific advice. This is our third year running a series of briefings to identify which Member States are standing in the way of more fish, more profits, and more jobs for European citizens.
India promises to phase out bottom-trawling, points to new initiatives
2 January 2017 India on Monday assured Sri Lanka that it would phase out bottom trawling in a “graded, time-bound manner”, pointing to upcoming initiatives to train Indian fishermen in alternative fishing methods.