14 April, 2022


  • NGOs applaud Spain and call on the government to go further by pushing for a global moratorium on deep-sea mining at the forthcoming sessions of the International Seabed Authority and the UN Biodiversity Convention conference, scheduled to take place later this year.
  • Global pressure for a moratorium or ban on the nascent industry continues to build as this week at the Our Ocean conference in Palau, the Pacific Parliamentarians Alliance on Deep Sea Mining (PPADSM) launched, and Hawaiian actor Jason Momoa called for a ban on deep-sea mining during a Greenpeace event. Tuvalu’s Foreign Affairs Minister also announced that the country has withdrawn its sponsorship of the company Tuvalu Circular Metals for a deep-sea mining exploration contract. 

Continue reading Spain takes first step to ban deep-sea mining in its waters as global momentum for a stop to the industry grows

8 March, 2022

Source: Stuff

Author: Andrea Vance

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has joined calls to ban bottom trawling on seamounts.

Clark acknowledged that the ocean is under mounting pressure from the impacts of climate change and bottom trawling, whilst facing a new emerging threat, deep-sea mining.

Continue reading Former New Zealand PM Helen Clark wants an end to trawling on seamounts and seabed mining

17 February, 2022

Source: Geographical

Author: Katie Burton 

Katie Burton dives into the murky world of deep-sea mining for Geographical magazine and asks the question, should we be opening a new frontier of industrial extraction in the deep?

Starting mining now should not be on the table when the unequivocal demand has not been determined in view of the developing circular economy; the potential devastating effects of deep-sea mining on the marine environment cannot yet be evaluated, and the developing regulations and procedures of the ISA do not provide the precautionary approach needed to prevent harmful effects.” – Sebastian Unger- Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam.

3 June, 2020

Source: Geographical
Author: Sabine Christiansen and Sebastian Unger

You may have heard about minerals on the bottom of the ocean. The UK Government sponsors several exploration contracts for UK Seabed Resources (a subsidiary of the American aerospace and security company Lockheed-Martin) in the Pacific Ocean to look for them. These minerals come from the so-called ‘Area’, the deep seafloor beyond the limits of national jurisdiction and far out in the global ocean.

Continue reading Deep seabed mining could inflict considerable direct and indirect harm