The beginning : Oceanography was still an amateur science when the HMS Challenger (left) set sail in December 1872. She returned in May 1876 with vast information that laid the solid foundation of oceanography.
Following informal consultations between the Secretary-General and exploration contractors for polymetallic nodules in January 2012 on the biological component of environmental baseline data in exploration areas, it was decided, inter alia, to convene taxonomic exchange workshops on the megafauna, macrofauna, and meiofauna in contract areas.
This workshop is the first of three workshops that the ISA will convene and will be held at the Senckenberg am Meer, Marine Research Department, Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The workshop will focus on megafauna.