Governments around the world have the opportunity to halt the loss of nature at a UN biodiversity conference from 7-19 December 2022. Throughout the 15th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, or CBD COP15, the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition remind decision makers on Deep Day not to ignore the largest biome on Earth and the threats it faces.
Check out the top stories from the deep, taken from coverage between 7-14 November 2022
Check out the top stories from the deep, taken from coverage between 31 October – November 7, 2022
The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) today welcomed the announcement by French President Emmanuel Macron that France is calling for a ban on deep-sea mining.
In his opening speech at COP27, President Macron stated that “La France demande l’interdiction de toute exploitation des grands fonds marins, j’assume cette position et je la porterai dans les enceintes internationales” – France is calling for a ban on all exploitation of the deep seabed – a position which I will relay in international fora.
Ahead of UNFCCC COP27 starting in Egypt, a new scientific report highlights the important role of the deep ocean in mitigating climate change and warns of the serious threats the deep sea faces from human activity, including deepwater oil & gas extraction, deep-sea trawling, and the emerging deep-sea mining industry. “Undisturbed: the deep ocean’s vital role in safeguarding us from crises”, published today, and co authored by leading scientists, emphasizes the crucial role that the deep ocean plays in our planet.
The UNGA Review of Deep-sea Fisheries on the high seas took place over several days during the negotiation of the annual fisheries resolution by the UNGA between 7-15 November 2022. The Review and resulting Sustainable Fisheries Resolution will cover an issue that has been a focus of the DSCC for many years–vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) and the significant adverse impacts (SAIs) resulting from bottom trawling on seamounts. Below are the priorities that the DSCC Global Seamounts team will be taking into the UNGA Fisheries Review.
Déclaration commune des ONG
Les ONG lancent un appel au gouvernement français pour ‘mettre un réel coup d’arrêt à
l’exploitation minière en eaux profondes’ et concrétiser la déclaration du président
Emmanuel Macron à Lisbonne.
Groundbreaking agreement on ecosystem approach to fisheries & prohibition on keeping ‘bycatch’ of Greenland shark agreed by Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization. Full closure of vulnerable marine ecosystems to damage from trawling is still required.
The DSCC are recruiting for a new Head of Operations to support our work to protect the health of the deep from the key threats it faces.
If you are interested in applying for this role, please send a written CV and cover note to
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In case you missed it, entrepreneurs and philanthropists Marc Benioff and Ted Waitt called for a moratorium on deep-sea mining at Our Ocean Palau 2022.
“I want to see a moratorium on seabed mining. I think we’re ready for that and this is a critical moment that we all come together around that concept” – said Marc Benioff, while Ted Waitt seconded Benioff’s statement. Have a listen at around minute 30.