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 that support a moratorium on deep-sea mining and commit not to source minerals from the deep seabed; to exclude such minerals from our supply chains; and not to finance deep seabed mining activities:

See here for the commitment from industry leaders.

Companies explicitly distancing themselves from deep-sea mining by excluding deep-sea metals from their procurement policies and/or investment policies:

  • Microsoft
  • Ford
  • Daimler
  • General Motors
  • Tiffany & Co

Banks and Financial Institutions

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)


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.


Other Associations and Groups

Leading Voices 

  • Alicia Silverstone
  • Amber Valletta
  • Anuna De Wever
  • Carmen Jenny
  • Cardinal Turkson
  • Chris Packham
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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

IUCN World Conservation Congress vote

Government institutes, departments, agencies and Ministries from the following 37 states voted in favour of motion 069, calling for ‘protection of deep-ocean ecosystems and biodiversity through a moratorium on seabed mining‘. These were, by region, the following:


Benin, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda

Asia/South Asia

Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand


Albania, Austria, Georgia, Germany (Sponsoring State), Italy, Kosovo, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland 

Latin America & Carribean

Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay

Middle East:

Iraq, Jordan



Amongst others, the government agencies amongst EU Member States and EFTA countries which voted in favour of the motion were as follows:


Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology


Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)


Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA – part of the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Territory and Sea)


Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests


Ministry of Environment


Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica y el Reto Demográfico and Ministry of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda (Regional Government of Catalonia) and Fundacion Biodiversidad


Regeringskansliet (Sweden) Swedish Species Information Centre (SSIC)

Deep-Sea Mining Bans and Moratoriums in National Waters

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
  • Tuvalu has withdrawn support for deep-sea mining in international waters
  • 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”