Science paper focuses on precautionary approach for deep-sea mining

News date: 
July 10, 2015

A team of international scientists and legal experts has recently published a paper in Science magazine calling for a precautionary approach in the design and implementation of regulatory frameworks for the exploitation of deep-sea minerals. In particular, they highlight the need for the ISA to provide appropriate and timely environmental protection of deep-sea ecosystems in regions potentially affected by mining, and consider including provisions for MPA networks embedded in regional environmental management plans. MIDAS provided input to this paper via co-author Kristina Gjerde.

L.M. Wedding, S.M. Reiter, C.R. Smith, K.M. Gjerde, J.N. Kittinger, A.M. Friedlander, S.D. Gaines, M.R. Clark, A.M. Thurnherr, S.M. Hardy, L.B. Crowder (2015) Managing mining of the deep seabed. Science 349, Issue 6244, p144-145. DOI: 10.1126/science.aac6647. Published 10 July 2015.