MIDAS Research Highlights publication now available

News date: 
October 4, 2016

As an accompaniament to the MIDAS final meeting, a summary publication, "MIDAS Research Highlights" has been published.

MIDAS Final Meeting underway in Gent

News date: 
October 4, 2016

After 3 years of hard work, the MIDAS partnership is meeting for the final time in Gent, Belgium. During this week, MIDAS scientists will present their final results and key outcomes to an open audience, which includes representatives from industry, civil society, regulatory bodies and policy-making circles.

MIDAS cruise features on EuroNews

News date: 
September 8, 2016

A recent EuroNews report features MIDAS scientists undertaking scientific research into the potential risks to ecosystems posed by deep-sea mining. The film, which was shot on board the RV Pelagia during this summer's MIDAS field testing cruise offshore the Azores, shows some of the experiments that the MIDAS team are undertaking in order to understand the potential effects that mining activity may have on coral physiology and health.


Latest MIDAS newsletter available

News date: 
July 6, 2016

The latest edition of the MIDAS newsletter is now available for download. Containing updates on field expeditions, results from experimental work and the latest policy developments, the MIDAS newsletter is produced 2-3 times per year. Previous editions of the newsletters can be downloaded via the MIDAS newsletters page.

Importance of nodules for epifauna reported in Nature

News date: 
June 1, 2016

A new paper published in Nature's Science Reports reveals the importance of polymetallic nodules for deep-sea biodiversity and ecosystems in the Clarion Clipperton Zone.

Deep Sea Mining: exploring the unknowns

News date: 
April 29, 2016

Seas At Risk, in partnership with the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, hosted a multi-stakeholder event in Brussels on 26 April 2016 to explore the present status and future of deep sea mining.

MIDAS/Treasure film makes AGU Cinema Top 10

News date: 
April 4, 2016

A montage of video clips featuring MIDAS research off the Azores has charted in the AGU Cinema Top 10. The 11-minute film, titled "Exploring the deep sea: towards responsible mining of seabed mineral resources", was compiled from footage taken during the NIOZ MIDAS-Treasure cruise to the Azores in in April 2015. The film explains the formation of seabed mineral resources in the Azores region, and outlines the rationale for the MIDAS and Treasure project research.


Latest edition of the MIDAS newsletter

News date: 
February 9, 2016

The Winter 2015/16 edition of the MIDAS newsletter is now available to download here

MIDAS convenes second Science-Policy Panel meeting

News date: 
December 9, 2015

On 8 December 2015, the MIDAS project held its second Science-Policy Panel meeting, bringing together scientists with policymakers, NGOs and industry representatives to showcase the latest project results and facilitate open disciussion on key issues. Hosted at the Museum for Natural Sciences in Brussels (and under the gaze of some prehistoric onlookers), the meeting focused on the theme of "maximising potential for ecosystem recovery after deep-sea mining".

MIDAS partners gather in Portugal

News date: 
November 21, 2015

To mark the successful completion of the second year of MIDAS, project partners congregated in Sintra, Portugal from 16-20 November 2015. During an intensive week of plenary sessions, workshops and planning meetings, some 65 presentations of data and results were made. The project has made significant progress in its second year, with more than 200 days spent at sea collecting data that will contribute to our knowledge of the potential environmental impacts of deep-sea mining.