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NOAA Will Host A Webinar This Week on Deep-Sea Mining and National Marine Monuments


The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will hold a webinar this week titled “The Connections Between Deep-sea Mining, the Monuments and Fisheries.”

The webinar will take place Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm US Central Time.

According to the webinar summary:

“The need for metals, particularly for batteries as we move away from a carbon based energy sector, has renewed interest in deep-sea mining. On the high seas, twenty-seven global mining exploration licenses covering over 1.5 million km2 of seafloor have been granted by the International Seabed Authority. There are significant risks from these activities to both seafloor and midwater ecosystems over potentially very large areas. Dr. Drazen will outline the potential risks to biodiversity, carbon cycling and particularly fisheries, sharing what we know and don’t yet understand. He will discuss the potential of US Pacific Monuments for conserving biodiversity and deep-sea ecosystem health in the face of the developing mining industry.”

To register for the webinar, click here.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.