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Deep-sea mining; international regulatory challenges and responses

Michael W. Lodge and Philomene A. Verlaan
Deep-sea mining; international regulatory challenges and responses (in Deep-ocean mineral deposits, Paul A. J. Lusty (editor) and Bramley J. Murton (editor))
Elements (October 2018) 14 (5): 331-336


Deep-sea mining presents complex regulatory challenges due to its multi-faceted political, economic, technological, scientific, environmental, social, industrial and legal aspects. These must all be sensitively addressed to achieve a commercially viable and socially responsible industry. Furthermore, these aspects are either governed by, or must take into account, the burgeoning regulatory regime promulgated by the International Seabed Authority. This paper addresses the regulatory challenges associated with the three types of deep-ocean mineral deposits of greatest interest to the deep-sea mining industry: polymetallic nodules, ferromanganese crusts, and polymetallic sulfides. We review current resource interest, the international regulatory context, selected regulatory challenges, and the International Seabed Authority's innovative responses to selected issues.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 14
Serial Issue: 5
Title: Deep-sea mining; international regulatory challenges and responses
Title: Deep-ocean mineral deposits
Author(s): Lodge, Michael W.Verlaan, Philomene A.
Author(s): Lusty, Paul A. J.editor
Author(s): Murton, Bramley J.editor
Affiliation: International Seabed Authority, Kingston, Jamaica
Affiliation: British Geological Survey, Environmental Science Centre, Keyworth, United Kingdom
Pages: 331-336
Published: 20181001
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 4
Accession Number: 2018-088970
Categories: Economic geology, geology of ore depositsOceanography
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
Secondary Affiliation: University of Hawaii, USA, United States
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201848
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