Science

1 March, 2022

Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts

For the first time, we have a comprehensive overview of the gaps in our knowledge about ocean areas targeted for deep-sea mining and how they could be impacted. New research published today in the journal Marine Policy shows that the science is insufficient to support evidence-based decision-making should mining move forward. 

Continue reading New study shows too many scientific unknowns for seabed mining

22 February, 2022

Source: Otago Daily Times

Author: Oscar Francis

A new mural being painted in Dunedin, New Zealand aims to highlight the environmental damage caused by deep-sea trawlers in New Zealand.

New Zealand’s deep-sea biodiversity hotspots are at risk from the destructive bottom trawling with New Zealand the only country left in the South Pacific to allow the practice.

The mural painted by Artist Cinzah Merkens is the latest in the DSCC’s Defend The Deep series with one in Auckland already completed and one in Ragalan and Wellington yet to come.

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7 February, 2022

Source: Science Direct

Authors: Alan J. Jamieson, Todd Bond, Victor Vescovo

One of the concerns around deep sea mining is the time it is likely to take for previously undisturbed deep sea ecosystems to recover. A new study supports this theory, having found zero recovery of a large-scale anthropogenic sediment disturbance on the Pacific seafloor after 77 years at 6460 m depth.

Continue reading New study shows no recovery of deep seabed 77 years after anthropogenic disturbance

24 September, 2021

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For immediate release 24.9.21

Seamounts and other deep-sea ecosystems on the high seas get further protection from bottom trawling in the Northwest Atlantic 

The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) ended today, with new protections for deep-sea ecosystems on the high seas. NAFO agreed to close many more seamounts – underwater mountains recognized as biodiversity hotspots – to deep-sea trawling based on a proposal from the United States and Canada. Altogether all seamounts and other features less than 4000 meters depth are now fully protected from any future bottom fishing. The seamount closures cover an area of approximately 100,000 square kilometers.  

Continue reading New protections for fragile deep-sea ecosystems agreed by Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation