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The Annual Report for the Stichting Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC), covering the period from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. The content has been prepared in accordance with Part 9 of the Dutch Civil Code.

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8th September 2020

DSCC Paper for the Eighth Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation

Seamounts, VMEs And Spatial Management | By Professor Les Watling and Emeritus Professor Peter J. Auster

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Deep-Sea Fishing, New Zealand, Policy

South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation

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26th August 2020

Presentation title: Deep-sea mining: a civil society perspective

This presentation was delivered by Matthew Gianni, DSCC Policy Advisor, to the Energy, Environmental and Climate Committee of the Belgium Parliament on 24 June 2020.

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24th June 2020

The deep sea is the largest biome on Earth. This mysterious and varied place makes up 90% of the marine environment and plays a vital role in regulating our planetary systems, not least by absorbing and storing vast quantities of the carbon dioxide emitted into the air by human activity.

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9th June 2020

DSCC Briefing 26th ISA February Council Meeting | February 17

DSCC Submission on March 22, 2019 Version of Draft ISA Exploitation

DSCC Briefing on Liability Issues for Seabed Mining

 

DSCC Interventions

On Agenda item 11: Implementation of the decision of the Council in 2019 relating to the reports of the Chair of the Legal and Technical Commission (ISBA/26/C/3)

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On Agenda item: Financial Model, Report by the Chair of the Open-Ended Working Group | February 18

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On Agenda item 12: Regional Environment Management Plans | February 19

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On Agenda item 12: Draft regulations 44-48 | February 20

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On Draft decision of the Council concerning a standardized approach for the development, approval and review of regional environmental management plans in the Area (ISBA/26/C/CRP.4) | February 20

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On Agenda item 12. Draft regulations 49-56 | February 21

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On Agenda item 12. Draft regulations Parts V-VI | February 21

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On Agenda item 12. Draft regulations Annex IV and VII | February 21

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17th February 2020

On February 3, 2020, the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition issued a memo to over 100 Permanent Missions to the United Nations and related organizations in New York. The memo refers to a workshop entitled “To explore the Case for Sourcing Battery Metals from Ocean Nodules and Nori’s Program to Assess Environmental and Social Impacts” scheduled for 5-6 February 2020 in San Diego and organized by speculative deep-sea mining companies DeepGreen and NORI.

In a rush to move this industry forward, proponents such as the workshop organizers have positioned the discussion around the questions of “when and how”, rather than the more fundamental question of “if” deep-sea mining should ever be permitted, and under what circumstances.  Individuals and organizations around the world are increasingly calling for a moratorium on deep-sea mining out of concern for the damage it would cause to the fragile and yet-undiscovered ecosystems and species of the deep, and in the context of the urgent need to leave behind the extractive economic model in favour of a transformational approach that respects our planetary boundaries.

In this memo, we have compiled at a topline level some of the key arguments against the need for deep-sea mining.

Read the memo here (PDF).

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3rd February 2020