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7 November, 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.

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3 November, 2022

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.

Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: SCIENTISTS CALL FOR URGENT PROTECTION OF DEEP SEA IN THE FACE OF THE GLOBAL CLIMATE CRISIS

27 October, 2022

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. 

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27 October, 2022

DSCC REACTION

For immediate release 27.10.22

Just days before the International Seabed Authority meets in Jamaica, seeking to continue the rush to mine the deep, New Zealand joins the growing wave of concern, declaring its support for a moratorium on the risky industry.

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) welcomed the news from New Zealand, with Phil McCabe, Pacific Lead for the Coalition commenting: “We applaud Aotearoa New Zealand for taking a position that reflects the values of New Zealanders and ocean people everywhere. This call echoes our domestic experience as well, where seabed mining has been shown to be environmentally, socially and legally unacceptable. New Zealand now joins others taking a leadership role internationally to defend our shared ocean from destructive deep-sea mining.” 

Continue reading New Zealand call for a moratorium on destructive deep-sea mining in international waters