Today three EU Fisheries Advisory Councils issued joint recommendations to the European Commission and EU Member States on deep-sea mining in international waters.
Source: El Diario
The Parliament of The Canary Islands have called for a moratorium on deep-sea mining in international waters until the effects on the marine environment have been studied and investigated, ensuring that marine biodiversity is not lost and ecosystems are not degraded.
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.
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.
Source: Green World
Author: Sian Owen
Ahead of DSCC Director Sian Owen joining a panel discussion at the UK Green Party’s autumn conference on “The Forgotten 70%: the crucial place of oceans in climate and biodiversity”, Sian outlines the multiple risks associated with destructive deep-sea mining.
Author: Ben Klayman
SOC Investment Group have advised a Ford and Amazon-backed EV startup, Rivian, to keep the deep sea out of their supply chains.
Source: Financial Times
Author: Ortenca Allaj
Prospective deep-sea miners, The Metals Company, previously known as DeepGreen have been left with a $200m hole with funding failing to materialise from Ramas Capital Management, led by former JPMorgan Chase analyst Ganesh Betanabhatla.
30 September 2021
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.
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.
Author: Sophie Luyten
Writing for Belgium’s Knack, WWF’s Deputy Director, Sophie Luyten warns that we may “…destroy the deep sea before we even know what’s out there”.