28 February 2024

Experts invited to give evidence on deep-sea mining

The UK Government has launched an environmental science network on deep-sea mining

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Experts are invited to help fill in the current evidence gaps in understanding the consequences of deep-sea mining on our ecosystems.

The network will work alongside the UK’s recent decision to support a moratorium on granting exploitation licences for deep-sea mining projects by the International Seabed Authority (ISA).  

Professor Daniel Jones from National Oceanography Centre says, 'The new DSM Environmental Science Network is an excellent way to harness the skills of the UK community with expertise on environments of interest for deep-sea mining. It will enable the very active research being carried out by UK scientists to be communicated quickly and effectively to the government to support evidence-based decision making on this topic.'

The deadline for the first round of applications to join the Network will close on Monday 8 April 2024.

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