2 August, 2022


This week, from August 2-3, in New York, a United Nations workshop will explore how far States have come in safeguarding fragile deep sea ecosystems from the damage caused by industrial deep sea bottom trawl fishing. The DSCC calls on the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to finish the job the UNGA began in 2004 and insist that high seas fishing nations protect deep-sea biodiversity.

Continue reading UN urged to take critical action to protect marine life from industrial deep sea bottom trawl fishing

25 July, 2022

Press Release

Six years after the adoption of the EU deep-sea fishing Regulation that prohibited bottom trawling below 800 meters in EU waters, the EU has finally adopted an ‘Implementing Act’ to begin closing coldwater coral and other biologically diverse deep-sea vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) below 400 meters depth to bottom fishing. 

Civil society welcomes this long-awaited protection of VMEs. The adopted protective measures are, however, already under threat.

Continue reading Civil society urges immediate action to protect fragile deep sea ecosystems

18 July, 2022

For immediate release – 18.7.22

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition calls on member States of the International Seabed Authority to agree on a moratorium on the emerging destructive deep-sea mining industry as negotiations begin this week in Kingston, Jamaica.

Momentum for a moratorium on deep-sea mining continues to skyrocket globally as the International Seabed Authority (ISA), the body charged with regulating the nascent industry, continues the rush to mine the deep. The Authority’s Council and Assembly will meet from 18th July – 5th August. Central to their agenda is advancing a set of regulations that, if adopted, could see commercial deep-sea mining begin in as little as a year’s time.

Continue reading The rush to mine the deep continues as global backlash builds

6 July, 2022

Author: Natasha Donn

Source: Portugal Resident

“Deep-sea mining is not a question we can ask today because it is completely out of the question in the coming decades”, said the Minister of Economy & Sea for Portugal, António Costa Silva, “We don’t know very well how the sea works. We know 5% of the sea. We need to know the dynamics of the oceans first”.

The minister was in the Azores, having had a meeting with the regional government to discuss, among other things, the creation of an Atlantic University in the archipelago, “to attract international researchers”.

Read the article in full here.

1 July, 2022


For Immediate Release 1.7.22

As resistance to the emerging destructive deep-sea mining industry continues to skyrocket in Lisbon this week at the UN Ocean Conference, French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a stop to mining in the high seas.

Speaking at an official conference side event held at the Lisbon Oceanarium, President Macron stated: “We have to create the legal framework to stop high seas mining and not to allow new activities that endanger ecosystems.”


30 June, 2022

Today, would-be miners, The Metals Company, submitted an updated registration statement to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Businesses are obliged by law to present an honest summary of the potential risks for investors and if businesses are found to have withheld information on the financial risks of their enterprise, they may face legal consequences.

Continue reading Risks of deep-sea mining outlined in a prospective mining company’s latest U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing

28 June, 2022

DSCC Reaction

This week, the Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture voted on the European Commission’s proposal to close vulnerable areas to fishing gears which touch the seabed with the majority of EU member states adopted the implementing Act. EU member States had committed to do so in 2016, when adopting the Deep Sea Fisheries Regulation.

The DSCC warmly welcomes this vote and applauds the Commission for steering this process to successful conclusion.

We encourage the Commissioner Sinkevicius and DG Mare to ensure that the implementing act as adopted becomes law without any further delays. Deep sea vulnerable marine ecosystems can not wait any longer for sound protection.

Find out more here.