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DeepGrean responds to Greenpeace’s report on deep sea mining

DeepGrean, a deep sea mining company, responded to Greenpeace’s report on deep sea mining and its harmful effects in the environment. The company although supports a part of the report, it cites some arguments regarding its point of view on the benefits arising from deep sea mining procedures.

Sabine-Neches waterway expansion starts in September

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Sabine-Neches Navigation District (SNND) signed the deal on July 29, marking the beginning of constructions of the channel improvement project in late September.

Ocean Observing System report card for 2019 launched

The Ocean Observing System report card that provides insight into the status of the global ocean observing system. Since the nations need that action has to be taken to tackle climate change, the report highlights the importance of sustained ocean monitoring.

Greenpeace: Deep sea mining to seriously impact marine environment

Greenpeace launched ‘In Deep Water’ report to highlight the fatal impacts deep sea mining has in the marine environment. Deep sea mining is severe and potentially irreversible to environmental health, both at the mine sites and beyond. The deep ocean’s biodiversity and ecosystem functioning is barely understood and robust risk mitigation is not possible.

Canada, Indigenous communities to use maritime information system

The Government of Canada stated that it supports a new maritime information system pilot project in partnership with the Tuktoyaktuk Hunters and Trappers Committee. Via the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is collaborating with Indigenous people, local stakeholders and coastal communities to protect Canada’s unique marine environment from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Ocean governance is an important issue rising in shipping industry

The Inaugural World Congress on Maritime Heritage, that was conducted on March 13-15, addressed current issues concerning ocean governance mechanisms, both from how the oceans have been used as a pathway to project governance systems on land, and as well as governing the oceans themselves. The Congress discussed the important role of the shipping industry in the world, the oceans and sustainability.

Sri Lanka implements stronger laws on ocean pollution

Sri Lanka’s Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) calls countries on the Bay of Bengal to implement stricter laws against polluting the oceans. It noted that a ‘dead zone’ had formed in the centre of the Bay of Bengal.

Scientists find oil-eating bacteria in the Mariana Trench

An international team of researchers has discovered a new group of oil-eating bacteria in the mysterious ecosystem of the Mariana Trench, according to a study published in the journal Microbiome. Located in the Western Pacific, the deepest part of the trench lies a staggering 36,200 feet below sea-level. If you were to place Mount Everest at the bottom, the peak would still be around 7,000 feet from the surface.

World’s first deep ocean manned expedition launched

The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project and the Five Deeps Expedition signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 11, making official the research on previously unexplored areas of the seafloor to be mapped and the resulting data made available for public use. 

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