Deep-sea mining ‘inevitable,’ says UN regulator as battle intensifies

Activists at a “Look Down action” rally to stop deep sea mining, outside the European Parliament in Brussels on March 6, 2023.

Scraping the ocean floor for valuable metals might be a reality even more than we expect, as noted by the head of the International Seabed Authority, the United Nations regulator responsible for overseeing deep-sea mining.

Let us take a deep dive into the future of resource extraction as the head of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) suggests deep-sea mining is on the horizon, describing it as “inevitable.”

Michael Lodge, secretary-general of the ISA, shared his insights with CNBC, indicating that global interest in this practice has surged, particularly in light of its potential role in the energy transition.