IMO London Convention Parties Agree on Moratorium on Ocean Fertilization

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

31 October 2008: The thirtieth meeting of the contracting

parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of

Wastes and Other Matter (London Convention) and the third meeting of the

contracting parties to the London Protocol, which met from 27-31 October 2008,

at International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in London, UK,

adopted a resolution on the regulation of ocean fertilization (LC-LP.1(2008)).

In the resolution, parties agree that, given the present state of knowledge,

ocean fertilization activities other than legitimate scientific research should

not be allowed. Parties further agreed that scientific research proposals

should be assessed on a case-by-case basis using an assessment framework to be

developed by the Scientific Groups under the London Convention and Protocol.

[IISD RS Sources] [IMO Press Release

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