This week, we are calling for applications for a new Minerals working group co-lead to support Diva Amon and Sabine Gollner. In Hot Off The Press we share the World Ocean Assessment II, which has strong representation for the deep ocean – thank you to all DOSI members involved in that. The papers stealing the headlines this week include evidence of wandering deep-sea sponges, a taxonomic method of describing fauna that is non-destructive and a study into deep-sea eruptions that hints at where life on earth might have begun – might humans be able to harness this power? Deep-seabed mining continues to be under the spotlight, with an essay on ABNJ by ISA Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, two new webinars to watch, announcements of new exploration contracts, and forecasts from miners of deep-seabed mineral collection within two years. As ever, plenty of new events and podcasts to keep you busy. Enjoy!
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