woc logoThe WOC is working to help ensure ocean industry input to key international developments on policies, regulations, planning and priorities for responsible development of deep sea mineral resources and the environmental management of ocean areas beyond national jurisdiction.

The ocean business community is encouraged to make sure that government and inter-governmental agencies have full and balanced information regarding the use of ocean resources important for societal needs and development of the “Blue Economy”.

UN International Seabed Authority (ISA) 
The ISA is undertaking stakeholder consultations as it commences development of a regulatory framework for the future recovery of mineral resources from the seabed in international areas.

The deadline for contributing to the UN ISA survey is 16 May 2014. 
The stakeholder consultation is found at: 
http://www.indeep-project.org/news/isa-stakeholder-consultation

The ISA survey covers: 
• Financial terms and obligations 
• Environmental management terms and obligations 
• Health and safety and maritime security 
• Stakeholder communication and transparency

European Union (EU) 
The EU consultation aims to gather opinions concerning seabed mining in order to help the EU develop its position and priorities on the future of these important resources.

The deadline for input to the EU study is 16 June 2014. 
Information on the EU consultation is found at: 
http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/maritimeaffairs_fisheries/consultations/seabed-mining/index_en.htm

 About the World Ocean Council (WOC)

The WOC is the only international, cross-sectoral alliance for private sector leadership and collaboration in “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”. Companies and associations worldwide are distinguishing themselves as leaders in ocean sustainability, stewardship and science by joining the WOC. Members to date include over 70 leadership organizations from a wide range of ocean industries: oil and gas, shipping, seafood, fisheries, aquaculture, mining, renewable energy, ocean technology, maritime law, marine environmental services and other areas. For the current list of WOC Members, click here. The WOC News Release is received by over 30,000 ocean industry stakeholders around the world

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