© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157180811X576929 The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 26 (2011) 463–480 brill.nl/estu THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MARINE AND COASTAL LAW Current Legal Developments International Seabed Authority Some Legal and Policy Considerations Relating to the Establishment of a Representative Network of Protected Areas in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone In 2007, a group of scientists recommended that, in order to protect the bio- diversity and ecosystem structure and functioning of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) from the potential impacts of human activities, a representative network of protected areas should be established in the CCZ. 1 The CCZ is an area of the seabed some 10.5 6 × 10 km 2 in size, located in the Eastern Central Pacific Ocean and bounded to the North and South by the Clarion and Clip- perton Fracture Zones. It is considered to be a prime location for commer- cially viable deposits of polymetallic nodules and has been the subject of scientific investigation, mineral prospecting and exploration since the 1960s. Although a test mining operation was conducted in the area in the early 1970s, no commercial mining has yet taken place. The International Seabed Author- ity (ISA), which is
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