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MIDAS at World Conference on Marine Biodiversity 2014

News date: 
April 11, 2014

We are proud to announce that 3rd World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB2014; 12-16 October 2014, Qingdao, China) will host a MIDAS-related session on “Anthropogenic impacts on deep-sea biodiversity and their consequences”.

ISA launches stakeholder consultation

News date: 
March 25, 2014

The International Seabed Authority has recently launched a Stakeholder Survey Questionnaire aimed at soliciting relevant information for the development of a regulatory framework for the exploitation of minerals in the Area. The aim of the survey is to begin a process of stakeholder engagement and consultation following a recommendation by the ISA Council that more in-depth studies should be done on the development of an exploitation code for marine minerals in the Area, and that stakeholder

Sustainable exploitation of marine resources in the Algarve

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March 24, 2014

On 18 March the University of the Algarve hosted a seminar, promoted by maralgarve, for the general public and for stakeholders with interests on the regional development of socio-economic and scientific activities related to the sustainable exploitation of marine resources in the Algarve.

MIDAS considers EIA assessment framework

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March 20, 2014

Over 30 scientists, industry representatives, legal experts and socio-economists met at the Natural History Museum in London on 19-20 March 2014 to discuss the  Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process for deep-sea mining.

Workshop investigates ecosystem response to mining

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March 14, 2014

In the framework of MIDAS workpackage 6 an initial meeting was organised at the Senckenberg Research institute (DZMB) in Wilhelmshaven from 11-13 March 2014 to discuss potential responses (i.e. resistance and recovery) of deep-sea ecosystems to mining activities. Participants included both scientists and industrial partners across 13 different institutes and 10 EU countries.

Gas hydrates investigated in the Black Sea

News date: 
February 20, 2014

MIDAS scientists have returned from a successful cruise in the Black Sea, and are now busy processing huge volumes of seismic data. The cruise aboard the German research vessel, RV Maria S. Merian, spent six weeks over the 2013/14 festive period examining gas hydrate accumulations in the ancient Danube delta. An extensive 2D and 3D seismic survey was carried out, identifying a number of inactive and partly buried channel systems and the presence of gas hydrates in the overlying sediments.

MIDAS session at Goldschmidt 2014

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February 5, 2014

A dedicated session on the 'Environmental impact of Future Deep Sea Mining', convened by MIDAS WP1 leader Jens Greinert (GEOMAR) and colleagues, will take place during the Goldschmidt 2014 conference in Sacramento, 8-13 June 2014.

BICOSE cruise underway

News date: 
January 16, 2014

A multidisciplinary team of marine scientists from Ifremer, UPMC and MNHM have set sail aboard the French research vessel RV Pourquoi Pas? to explore deep-sea life at specific study areas along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

Deep-Sea Minerals publications released

News date: 
January 15, 2014

The SPC-EU Pacific Deep Sea Minerals Project, set up to help Pacific Island countries to improve the governance and management of their deep-sea mineral resources, has collaborated with GRID Arendal to produce a series of publications on deep-sea minerals and their exploitation.

ISA announces new licence applications

News date: 
January 15, 2014

The International Seabed Authority, the body charged with regulating the exploitation of seabed resources in international waters, has recently annouced that it has received three new applications for mineral exploration activity in the deep sea.