Mining the Deep Ocean : Does catastrophe lie ahead?

We provide here the full text of a Marinet Briefing Paper bearing this title, published March 2019, which examines the active proposals to start exploring the deep ocean seabed for minerals under licences issued by the United Nations’ International Seabed Authority. These exploration licences, to be issued for a range of deep ocean sites from 2020 onwards, are a preliminary stage. The ultimate the aim, following the outcome of these exploration licences, is to issue exploitation licences in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. The Marinet Briefing Paper considers the issues involved.


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