Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


As man's needs for all commodities increase with the rapid worldwide increase in technological development, new sources for these commodities must be sought. In the United States, shortages of many materials are already being experienced, and the health of our economy is dependent on the continued supply of these vital materials. In order to supply our needs for minerals, intensified and improved exploration methods, improved technology allowing utilization of lower grade ores, synthetics and substitutes, government sponsored research programs, and new exploitable areas all must be developed. This study will look at the current situation affecting hard minerals mining on the New England continental margin by considering the existing resources, jurisdictional framework, exploration and exploitation technology, economic criteria, environmental effects, and the management situation. From this information, conclusions regarding future trends in the offshore hard minerals mining industry in New England will be made.