India has identified 11 potential sites for exploration of hydrogen sulfide and a dedicated multi-purpose vessel was being acquired to carry out detailed surveys as part of the Deep Ocean Mission
What is Deep Ocean Mission?
Launched in: June 2021
The Deep Ocean Mission is a high-level multi-ministerial, multi-disciplinary programme for better understanding of the deep sea living and non-living resources of the Indian Ocean.
It aims to aid in India's efforts to attain the Blue Economy status.
Nodal ministry: Ministry of Earth Science
The Mission Steering Committee (MSC) is the highest Policy making body constituted under the Deep Ocean Mission (DOM).
Themes: The Deep Ocean Mission consists of 6 themes:
Development of Technology for deep sea mining, manned submersible and underwater robotics
Development of Ocean and climate change Advisory services
Technology innovations for exploration and conservation of deep sea biodiversity
Deep Ocean survey and exploration
Energy and Freshwater from the Ocean
Advanced marine station for Ocean Biology
Government initiatives to maintain Blue Economy Status
The Indian government has been taking several steps to maintain its Blue Economy status, including:
National Maritime Development Programme: The programme aims to promote sustainable development of India's maritime sector. The programme aims to enhance port infrastructure, modernize the shipping sector, and promote coastal shipping and inland water transport.
Sagarmala Programme: It aims to promote port-led development in the country. The programme aims to develop new ports and modernize existing ones, improve connectivity between ports and the hinterland, and promote coastal shipping.
Blue Economy Vision Document: In November 2021, the government released the Blue Economy Vision Document, which outlines a roadmap for sustainable development of India's Blue Economy.