Concerns over transparency and access abound at deep-sea mining negotiations

  • Delegates to the International Seabed Authority (ISA), the U.N.-mandated body responsible for overseeing the development of deep-sea mining in international waters and protecting the ocean, are currently meeting in Kingston, Jamaica, to negotiate a set of regulations that would determine how deep-sea mining can proceed.
  • Scientists and conservationists say there are many transparency issues at the current meetings, and that the ISA has restricted access to key information and hampered interactions between member states and civil society.
  • However, the ISA has stated that it’s committed to transparency and that attendees have full access to the discussions.
  • Deep-sea mining could begin in as little as a year with whatever regulations are currently in place.



Last updated on 27 July 2022

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