Towards the Development of a Regulatory Framework for Polymetallic Nodule Exploitation in the Area

Technical Studies 11 - After decades ‘on hold’, there is renewed interest in the potential for commercial exploitation of deep seabed polymetallic nodules (PN). The principal drivers of this new interest are largely the result of five factors: a) a dramatic increase in demand for metal; b) an equally dramatic rise in metal prices; c) the high profitability of mining sector companies;