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Up to now, twenty-nine exploration contracts have been awarded by the International Seabed Authority, including one to a Belgian company.
On the 14th of January 2013, Global Sea Mineral Resources nv and the International Seabed Authority signed a contract for the exploration of polymetallic nodules in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (west of Mexico).
Maps of the International Sea Authority
Blue Mining project (2014/2018 -breakthrough solutions for sustainable deep sea mining)
Blue Nodules project (2016/2020 - research and innovation project to develop a deep sea mining system for the harvesting of polymetallic nodules from the sea floor with minimum environmental impact)