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10 November, 2021

Media Release

For immediate release- 10.11.21

Deep-sea mining is an emerging, extractive industry that could threaten the health of the ocean in as little as two years. Prospective mining companies seek to strip-mine the deep-seabed, sucking up coal-sized rocks, known as polymetallic nodules for use in electric vehicle batteries, pumping sediment and toxic metals back into the ocean. Not only would the nascent industry directly destroy ecosystems and species that are only just being discovered, but it could also negatively impact fisheries, which communities across the world depend on. 

Continue reading The Transition to Electric Vehicles Cannot Come at The Expense of Our Ocean

29 October, 2021

Source: Scoop

New data shows up to seven tonnes of coral has been brought up to the surface of the ocean by commercial bottom trawl fishers in a single year.

However, this may just be the tip of the iceberg according to new science, which reveals that 7 tonnes coming up would mean that somewhere between 763 and 2,401 tonnes of coral were being destroyed on the seabed.

Continue reading Thousands of tonnes of protected corals damaged by commercial fisheries

30 September, 2021

30 September 2021

MEDIA RELEASE

New Zealand Supreme Court puts the brakes on seabed mining.

New Zealand’s Supreme Court has denied seabed miners, Trans Tasman Resources, permission to mine the South Taranaki Bight. The mining operation would see 50 million tonnes of seabed dug up every year for 35 years, removing five million tonnes of iron ore, with 45 million tonnes of material dumped back into the ocean. 

Continue reading New Zealand’s Supreme Court says ‘no’ to seabed mining

24 September, 2021

MEDIA RELEASE

For immediate release 24.9.21

Seamounts and other deep-sea ecosystems on the high seas get further protection from bottom trawling in the Northwest Atlantic 

The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) ended today, with new protections for deep-sea ecosystems on the high seas. NAFO agreed to close many more seamounts – underwater mountains recognized as biodiversity hotspots – to deep-sea trawling based on a proposal from the United States and Canada. Altogether all seamounts and other features less than 4000 meters depth are now fully protected from any future bottom fishing. The seamount closures cover an area of approximately 100,000 square kilometers.  

Continue reading New protections for fragile deep-sea ecosystems agreed by Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation