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Pew Charitable Trusts pushing for rules based on good science, sound monitoring and tough enforcement

In the summer edition of its magazine, civil society organisation Pew Charitable Trusts has published an article on deep seabed mining. Pew is pushing for “precautionary” rules from the International Seabed Authority that would be based on good science, good monitoring, and tough enforcement of the rules. Pew also is pushing for set-asides, by having the ISA designate large areas that would be off-limits to mining to protect ocean life. 

GSR fully supports the approach outlined by Pew. In September, GSR will unveil its latest technology to explore the potential of responsible deep sea mining. The Patania II – an innovative nodule collector prototype –  will embark on its mission to the deep ocean in 2019. The mission forms part of an EU Joint Programming Initiative for Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans and will study the technical and environmental feasibility of deep sea mining.

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