Publications

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

Deep-Sea Fishing, New Zealand, Policy

South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation

English

26th August 2020

Plans for the world’s first deep sea mine are taking shape in the waters off Papua New Guinea. The ocean floor is rich in gold, copper and other minerals in big demand around the world. But some scientists warn that digging up the seabed will destroy marine life, and Sir David Attenborough is among those objecting. BBC News science editor David Shukman reports.

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Deep-Sea Mining

English

27th July 2020

Mining of the deep seabed beyond national jurisdiction, known as the Area, is administered by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) and may be carried out by a contractor sponsored by a State Party. It is vital that States consider the complex legal risks, responsibilities and potential liability for damage that can arise from the sponsorship of seabed mining activities in the Area | Author: Duncan Currie LL.B. (Hons.) LL.M

Deep-Sea Mining, ISA, Policy, Regulations

International Seabed Authority

English

23rd July 2020

Presentation title: The evolution of international law and the regulation of activities on the high seas in the deep ocean: a conservation 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.

Civil Society Action, Deep-Sea Mining, ISA, Regulations

English

30th 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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Deep-Sea Mining, Science

English

9th June 2020

The statement outlines comments by the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition with respect to the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Financial Model for the purpose of further refining the assumptions of the model for a payment system and for rates of payment.

Available in English.

Deep-Sea Mining, ISA, Regulations

International Seabed Authority

English

23rd March 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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Deep-Sea Mining, ISA, Policy, Regulations

International Seabed Authority

English

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).

Deep-Sea Mining, ISA, Policy, Regulations

UNGA

English

3rd February 2020

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) respectfully submits this briefing for the Eighth Meeting of the Commission of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO).

This briefing will address the Scientific Committee; the Conservation and Management Measures (CMM), with respect to bottom fisheries; and the Performance Review Recommendations.

Deep-Sea Fishing, High Seas, Policy

South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation

English

15th January 2020