Federal scientists from three agencies meet to discuss critical marine minerals

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On July 30 and 31, the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center hosted an “Exploratory Interagency Critical Marine Minerals Discussion” in Santa Cruz, California.

On July 30 and 31, the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center hosted an “Exploratory Interagency Critical Marine Minerals Discussion” in Santa Cruz, California. It was the first time that representatives from USGS, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) met face-to-face to discuss their critical marine mineral plans and activities. Critical minerals are needed for everyday products such as cell phones, computers, and automobiles, as well as items vital to the nation’s defense. Seafloor deposits concentrate some of these minerals. The meeting was prompted by the June 2019 Department of Commerce report “A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals.” Each agency brings unique capabilities and responsibilities to this issue; finding ways to work together will provide greater value to taxpayers.

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Participants in the BOEM/NOAA/USGS “Exploratory Interagency Critical Marine Minerals Discussion,” held at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California, on July 30-31, 2019.

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