Deep Ocean Mission

  • Union Minister recently said that Blue Economy will be a major contributor to India’s overall economy in the years to come and the Deep Ocean Mission will be the core component of it.
  • He chairing the first-ever high-level Steering Committee Meeting of Deep Ocean Mission in New Delhi.
  • The Committee consisted of Union Ministers of State for Environment, External Affairs, Defence, and Finance in addition to Vice Chairman NITI Aayog.

About Deep Ocean Mission:

  • Deep Ocean Mission was first proposed by the Ministry of Earth Sciences in 2017.
  • Aim– To explore deep ocean for resources and develop deep sea technologies for sustainable use of ocean resources.
  • The estimated cost of the Mission will be Rs. 4077 crore for a period of 5 years to be implemented in a phase-wise manner.
  • Ministry of Earth Sciences is the nodal Ministry implementing this multi-institutional ambitious mission.
  • Six major components:
    • Development of technologies for manned submersible and integrated mining system
    • Development of ocean climate change advisory services
    • Technological innovations for exploration and conservation of deep-sea flora and fauna
    • Deep ocean survey and exploration for hydrothermal minerals
    • Energy and freshwater from the ocean- OTEC powered Desalinisation plants
    • Advanced marine station for ocean biology
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