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The results of the vote on motion 69 at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. Image courtesy of Deep Sea Conservation Coalition.
September 15, 2021

Members of the IUCN World Conservation Congress have voted overwhelmingly in support of a moratorium on deep-sea mining, an activity that conservationists say could cause irreversible damage to the ocean. The South Pacific nation of Nauru recently triggered a two-year rule, which would require the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to grant it a license to begin mining under whatever regulations are in place by then.

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