Momentum for a Moratorium

The growing movement for a moratorium on deep-sea mining

Commercial deep-sea mining is a new threat that looms for our already imperiled ocean. If allowed to go ahead, mining would irreversibly destroy ancient deep-sea habitats, impact those who derive their livelihoods from the ocean (for example from fisheries), and risk disturbing the planet’s biggest carbon sink. The good news is that this is an industry that we can stop before it starts! We can demand of our elected leaders and their governments that they put science and precaution first when it comes to deciding whether or not to open the deep sea to an extractive industry that we don’t need and cannot afford. 

Many voices are already speaking out against deep-sea mining. Some are calling for an outright ban, while others, including the DSCC, are calling for a moratorium unless and until a number of conditions around environmental harm, good governance and social license can be met.

Add your voice today to the growing movement calling for a moratorium on deep-sea mining.

Companies

BMW
Google
Samsung
Volvo Group
See here for the commitment from industry leaders.

Banks and Financial Institutions

ABN AMRO
BBVA
Lloyds Banking Group
NatWest (previously Royal Bank of Scotland)
Standard Chartered Bank

Fishing Sector

EU Advisory Councils (Long Distance, Pelagic & South-western Waters).
International Pole and Line Foundation
Norwegian Fisheries Association
SATA (South Africa Tuna Association)
SAHLLA (South African Hake Long Line Association)

Other Associations and Groups

Divers Alert Network Europe
Responsible Mining Foundation

Scientists

Several hundred prominent deep-sea and marine scientists are aligning themselves and calling for a pause on deep-sea mining.
See here for the statement from scientists.

Parliamentarians

European Parliament
Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA)

Leading Voices 

Alicia Silverstone
Amber Valletta
Anuna De Wever
Carmen Jenny
Cardinal Turkson
Cody Miller
Helio Antonio
Jane Fonda
Jhannel Tomlinson
Julian Lennon
Laura in Waterland
Mikaela Loach
Nathalie Kelley
Phillipe Cousteau
Ridhima Pandey
Ringo Starr
Sarah Gauthier
Sir David Attenborough
Sylvia Earle
Valeria Hinojosa

Civil Society

Africa Europe Faith & Justice Network
Alliance for Future Generations
Amnesty International
Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition
Apeace
Asia Pacific Network of Environment Defenders
Association Argentina De Capitanes Pilotos Y Patrones De Pesca
Association of Protestant Churches and Missions in Germany
Australian Conservation Foundation
Australian Marine Conservation Society
Beneath the Waves
Biological Conservation and Research Foundation
Birdlife International
Bloom
Blue Marine Foundation
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand
Caritas Australia
Caritas Fiji
Caritas PNG
Caritas Tonga
Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands
CEMDA (Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental)
Center for Environmental Concerns
Centro de Conservación Cetacea
CIEL (Centre for International Environmental Law)
Clayoquot Action
Coalition Clean Baltic
Coconut Wireless
Conservation International
Council of Pacific Education
DAN (Divers Alert Network) Europe
David Suzuki Foundation
Dawn Feminist
CeDePesca (Centre for Development and Sustainable Fisheries)
Deep Sea Mining Campaign
DeepWave
DEPANA
Deutsche Stiftung Meeresschutz (DSM)
Diverse Voices And Action for Equality Fiji
Earth Island Institute Asia Pacific
Earth Law Center
EarthJustice
EarthWorks
ECO
Ecoceanos
Ecologistas en Acción
Ecology Action Centre
Environmental Justice Foundation
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea
Fiji Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance
FishSec (The Fisheries Secretariat)
Flora and Fauna International
Forest & Bird
Friends of the Earth International
Fundación Cethus
GEMM
GEOTA
German NGO Forum on Environment and Development
Global Choices
Global Ocean Trust
GOA Foundation
GRD (Gesellschaft zur Rettung der Delphine e.V.)
Greenpeace
Iceland Nature Conservation Association
ICSF (International Collective in Support of Fishworkers)
IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Instituto de Conservación de Ballenas
IPSO (International Program on the State of the Ocean
Jatun Sacha Ecuador
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society
Kai Palaoa
Kasali Foundation
KASM (Kiwis Against Seabed Mining)
KŌRERO O TE ‘ŌRAU


Living Oceans Society
LPN (Liga Para a Protecção de Natureza)
Malpelo Colombia
Mar Brasil
MareVivo
Marine Conservation Institute
Marine Conservation Society
Marine Research Foundation
MarViva
Mauna Kea Anaina Hou
Melanesian Indigenous Land Defense Alliance
Mineral Inheritors Rights Association
Mining Watch Canada
MISA4thePacific
MRCC
National Fishworkers Forum (NFF)
NEKTON
NEV
NRDC
OCC
Ocean Care
Ocean Rebellion
Ocean Seas Our Future
Oceana
Oceans For Generations
Oceans North
Oikumene Pacific
Ozeanien-Dialog
Pacific Blue Line
Pacific Peoples’ Partnership
PANG
Pazifik-Informationsstelle
Peace Movement Aotearoa
Pelagos
Pesca ONG
Pew Charitable Trusts
PIANGO – Pacific Islands Association of NGOs
Polish Zero Waste Association
Pretoma
Projeto Baleia Franca
Pronaturaleza
Quercus
Reweaving the Ecological Mat Youth
RSPB
Save Our Seas Foundation
Sciaena
Seas at Risk
SharkLife
Socialist Aotearoa
Solwota Sister
South Durban Community Environmental Alliance
SPDA
SpeSeas
Stop Ecocide Campaign
Student Christian Movement of the Philippines
Sustainable Ocean Alliance
The Catholic Justice & Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane
The Future We Need
The Oxygen Project
Turkish Marine Research Foundation
Tuvalu Climate Action Network
UK Youth For Nature
University of Saint Louis Tuguegarao Senior High School Supreme Student Government
USP Human Rights Alumni
Association
Vanuatu Environmental Science Society
Vanuatu Surfing Association
WCS
Whose Knowledge?
World Forum of Fisher People
WWF
Young Solwara Pacific

Deep-Sea Mining Bans in Territorial Waters

Northern Territory in Australia
Washington State in the US

In addition to calls for a ban or a moratorium on deep-sea mining, many voices are stating their concerns around deep-sea mining, clearly demonstrating that the world is not ready for this industry. 

The Norwegian Environment Agency

The Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment

The Institute for Marine Research in Bergen, Norway highlights the great lack of knowledge of the ecosystems in the areas where the government wants to open up for deep-sea mining

The World Bank

EU Advisory Councils (Mediterranean Sea, North Sea, North-western & Outermost regions) 

UK House of Commons Environment Audit Committee concluded that deep-sea mining would have “catastrophic impacts on the seafloor”; the International Seabed Authority benefiting from revenues from issuing mining licenses is “a clear conflict of interest” and “the case for deep-sea mining has not yet been made”