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The article is published on September 10 and is written by Robert Blasiak, research Fellow in Ocean Management, Stockholm University.

He writes:
“In the last few decades, many ocean-based industries have grown dramatically. Seabed mining scarcely existed in the 20th century, but since 2001, 1.4 million square kilometres of seabed have been leased for exploration. Over roughly the same period, there has been a fourfold increase in the volume of goods transported by shipping.
With so much going on in the ocean, what’s the equivalent of putting a rock next to places like the coral reefs of Mauritius so they don’t get stepped on?”

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