Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences News

August 16, 2023

Last month, the International Seabed Authority’s governing council announced that it needed more time to finalize the rules and regulations that will determine the future of deep-sea mining in international waters. Though significant questions remain, the delay likely means that no large-scale operations will be approved until a mining code is finalized, which will not be before 2025. As negotiations continue, researchers like Bigelow Laboratory’s Vice President for Research Beth Orcutt will continue to push for new science — and science-informed policy — to protect the deep-sea environment.


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