27 June, 2022


For immediate release – Updated 28.6.22

As the UN Ocean Conference gets underway and global attention turns towards the ocean, political resistance to the emerging deep-sea mining industry gains traction as Palau, Samoa, Fiji, Guam and 57 Parliamentarians all call for a halt to the destructive industry.

Yesterday the President of Palau, Surangel Whipps, Jr. joined the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition and WWF at an official conference side event in Lisbon, calling on behalf of his government for an immediate moratorium on deep-sea mining. As the leader of the global call, the President launched the new Alliance of Countries Calling for a Deep-Sea Mining Moratorium. Oceanographer and marine biologist, Dr. Sylvia Earle, and Debbie Ngawera-Packer, Co-leader Te Pāti Māori, Member of Parliament, Aotearoa/New Zealand joined the President of Palau at the event to explore the wonders of the deep and the critical action needed to protect in the face of destructive mining.


29 April, 2022

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.

17 March, 2022


States attending the 27th meeting of the  International Seabed Authority (ISA)  should call for  a moratorium on deep-sea mining and hit the brakes on the rush to adopt mining regulations.

The special meeting, held in Kingston, Jamaica, will run from Monday 21st March to April 1st and will see the ISA pushing for regulations that would enable the imminent start of exploitation in the deep ocean.

Continue reading Civil society strongly opposes the rush to mine the deep sea and calls for a moratorium on risky deep-sea mining

26 January, 2022

Source: Scoop

A new mural in central Auckland is showcasing the wonders of the deep and highlighting the threat of destructive bottom trawling on seamounts.

The mural, a collaboration with artist Cinzah and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, will be the first in the “Defend the Deep” series, which will appear throughout the country as pressure continues to mount to ban bottom trawling on seamounts.

Continue reading Defend The Deep Murals Launched in Auckland

29 October, 2021

Source: Scoop

New data shows up to seven tonnes of coral has been brought up to the surface of the ocean by commercial bottom trawl fishers in a single year.

However, this may just be the tip of the iceberg according to new science, which reveals that 7 tonnes coming up would mean that somewhere between 763 and 2,401 tonnes of coral were being destroyed on the seabed.

Continue reading Thousands of tonnes of protected corals damaged by commercial fisheries