International Seabed Authority

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

27 June, 2022

PRESS RELEASE

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.

Continue reading WORLD LEADERS AND PARLIAMENTARIANS CALL FOR URGENT ACTION TO HALT THE EMERGING DEEP-SEA MINING INDUSTRY

20 June, 2022

During the meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea from 13-17 June at UN headquarters in New York, the government of Chile called for a 15 year moratorium on adopting regulations that would open the deep-sea in the international areas of the oceans to large-scale deep-sea mining.  


The international Seabed Authority (ISA) is currently engaged in an accelerated process of negotiating regulations to allow deep-sea mining with a view to finalizing and adopted the regulations by July 2023. Chile has called on the 167 countries that are members of the ISA to agree to extend this ‘deadline’ to adopt regulations for another 15 years. 

Continue reading Chile calls for a moratorium on deep-sea mining

20 June, 2022

PRESS ADVISORY

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) and the Deep Sea Mining Campaign (DSMC) are calling on the International Seabed Authority (ISA) not to follow prospective deep-sea miners, The Metals Company (TMC), into the abyss as the company’s shares plummet towards $1 and momentum for a halt to the industry builds. An earlier seabed mining company, Nautilus, previously went into liquidation.  

Continue reading PROSPECTIVE DEEP-SEA MINERS SEE STOCKS PLUMMET AS BACKLASH SURROUNDING THE DESTRUCTIVE INDUSTRY GROWS

27 May, 2022

Author: Matthew Gianni

This week, G7 Ministers of Climate, Energy and the Environment met in Berlin, ahead of the 48th summit, set to take place in June to address the multiple crises that are endangering our climate and
environment and today issued a meeting communiqué.

On the positive side, it is good to see that the G7 ministers are “Fully aware of the potentially devastating impacts [of deep-sea mining] on marine ecosystems and the functioning of the ocean as a climate regulator”; that they “will continue enhancing knowledge on the deep sea, its unique ecosystems and the impacts of possible deep-sea mining” and presumably develop a “robust knowledge basis on the deep sea marine environment and on the risks and potential impacts of deep sea mining operations”.

Continue reading DSCC reaction to G7 Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers’ communiqué

28 April, 2022

Source: Jamaica Observer

Author: Avia Collinder

ISA member states sped up negotiations on the rules to regulate the deep-sea mining industry and met in Kingston, Jamaica, in March 2022. ISA is headquartered in Jamaica’s capital city.

In a release sent to the Jamaica Observer on April 20, Greenpeace said that allegations of lack of independence and transparency between the ISA and the mining industry reinforce the need for a moratorium on deep-sea mining.

Continue reading Greenpeace calls out Seabed Authority over deep-sea mining laxity

19 April, 2022

MEDIA RESPONSE

An article which appeared in the LA Times today has raised serious concerns about the conduct, integrity and effectiveness of the International Seabed Authority (ISA), the intergovernmental body charged by the UN with safeguarding the deep ocean. 

Continue reading Civil society reacts to reports of a catalog of criticism levelled at the International Seabed Authority and calls for an immediate independent review