Media information Concerning Deep Sea Mining

Metal explorers DeepGreen collaborate with top researchers to protect the environment while collecting minerals

Business mole 3rd September


South African Judge Elected President of UN Tribunal for Sea Law

SA 5th October


Government delays controversial coal mine decision

Ends Reports


26th Session of the ISA Assembly opens

International Seabed Authority Press release 5th October


Global Deep-Sea Mining Technology Market 2020, Evolving Opportunity with Demand Insights and Business Development Strategies Forecast till 2025: Eramet Group, Acteon Group Ltd., Hydril Pressure Control, Teledyne Technologies, UK Seabed Resources (Lockheed Martin UK), Nordic Ocean Resources AS etc.

Amazing Facts 6th October


Deep-Sea Mining: Mouthwatering Prospects, Yet Disturbing Questions Remain Unanswered

MiningNewsWire 7th October


To fight climate change, should we mine the deep sea? USF wants to find out.

Tampa Bay Wire 8th October


Jamaican Attorney Dr. Kathy-Ann Brown Becomes International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Judge


Deep-seabed mining lastingly disrupts the seafloor food web 8th  October


Deep sea mining shown to leave decades – long carbon cycle disruption

E&T 9th October


Seabed mining could come at a high price for a unique fauna

Wiley Online Library 9th October


Mining Earth: From the Amazon to the ocean’s depths

Aljazeera 9th October


Especially the microbial part of the carbon cycle is affected — ScienceDaily

UPnewsinfo 10th October


As demand for nickel grows, so do environmental concerns – report 11th October


Deep Sea Mining Technology Industry 2020 Market Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Supply and Manufacturers Analysis Research Report 2026

Technoweekly 12th October



Eurowire 12th October


The unlit life of the deepest dark

Otago Daily Times 12th October


Cook Islands makes appointments to Seabed Minerals Advisory Committee

Radio NZ October 13th


Call for Decade Actions No. 01/2020

2021-2030 United Nations Decade of Oceans Science for Sustainability Development 1st October


Exploring effects of deep sea mining: Polymetallic nodule extraction may cause long-term reduction of carbon flow throughput

The American Ceramic Society - 13th October


Can deep-sea mining help the environment?

One news page 15th October


Company engaged to map underwater resources of SVG

Searchlight - 16th October


Global Mining Expert, Futurist, and Frontier Market 'Explorer', Emily King, Launches "On the Rocks" Podcast to Combine Adventures in Geology, Future Tech, and, Naturally, a Cocktail 'On the Rocks

Cision PR Newswire - 19th October


ABS Discusses Subsea Mining on CMEE 2020

Sea News 20th October


Covid delays NIOT’s mining trials 6km deep in ocean; undersea crawler may be deployed in February

The Times of India 21st October


Supreme Court date set down for South Taranaki seabed mining appeal

Taranaki daily news – 21st October


England’s Sea-Kit Leads Rivals in Race to Map Earth’s Seabed

Bloomber quint – 21st October

We need to mine deep-sea metals to power the energy transition: DeepGreen CEO Gerard Barron

Eco Business 22nd October


Global Deep Sea Mining Technology Market Expected To Reach Highest CAGR By 2025: Eramet Group, Acteon Group Ltd., Hydril Pressure Control, Teledyne Technologies, UK Seabed Resources (Lockheed Martin UK), Nordic Ocean Resources AS etc.

The Think Curiouser – 22nd October


PNG landowners protest over deep sea tailings waste plan for K18b project

Asia Pacific Report – 23rd October


Tender process edges Cook Islands closer to becoming first nation in the world to give undersea mining the go ahead

ABC – 29th October

New coral species discovered on seabed prized for mining potential - 29th October


Boiling Point: After decades of abuse, oceans could offer a climate change solution

Los Angeles Times – 29th October


Newly discovered coral species face uncertainty in Pacific’s depths

Conversation International – 29th October


Cook Islands is opening up parts of its waters for seabed mining exploration.

RNZ – 3rd November


Cook Islands invites seabed mineral exploration

RNZ – 3rd November


Tongans question government plans for seabed mining

RNZ – 4th November


COVID-19 is just part of the story for NGOs in the Pacific

DEVEX – 4th November


Scientists to study biodiversity and pharmaceutical potential on seafloor off California

The Log - 4th November


Cook Islands govt defends taking plunge on deepsea mining

RNZ – 5th November 19


Ngāti Ruanui: Attorney General’s Seabed Mining Intervention Risks Environmental Disaster

Scoop independent News – 5th November 19

ABS launches subsea mining guidelines

Mining Magazine – 5th November


Questions over Cooks move to open up for seabed exploration

RNZ – 5th November


Government defends deep sea mining bid

Cook Island News – 5th November


A Cook Islands environmental group is pushing for independent research before the country proceeds with seabed mining; Bougainville Panguna human rights breakthrough

RNZ – 5th November (Audio)


Deep Sea Mining Technologies, Equipment And Mineral Targets Market: Key Players and Production Information analysis with Forecast 2030

ICOToday Magazine – 6th November


Could listening to the deep sea help save it?

The Japan Times – 10th November


RMF urges ban on deep-sea mining until effects better understood

S&P Global Pratts – 10th November


Maritime Experts Vote for Multilateral Approach on Maritime Cooperation and Ocean Governance

Yahoo.Finance – 13th November


Seabed mining appeal: Crown accused of ignoring Māori rights to foreshore and seabed

RNZ – 18th November


Outright ban on deep-sea mining could have negative effects: DeepGreen CEO

S&P Global Pratts – 18th November


Māori Party Call On Government To Ban Seabed Mining In Aotearoa

Scoop – 19th November


New Chinese submersible reaches Earth's deepest ocean trench

The Edition – 24th November

New Chinese submersible reaches Earth's deepest ocean trench - The Edition

Deep Sea Mining is Not Needed, Not Wanted, Not Consented!


The Pacific Draw’s the BLUE LINE against Deep Sea Mining

Click to see endorsement  May, 2021


The Ocean is the living blue heart of our planet. It is our common heritage, but also our common responsibility. We are its guardians. We recognize its significance and its essence as the basis of our Pacific identity and wellbeing. We Are the Ocean. In its preservation, we are preserved.


For millennia, our ancestors have held this mantle of stewardship, embedding the wisdom of their resource management and conservation practices into their culture and traditions. Their vision was always beyond their temporal needs; the survival and wellbeing of future generations was central to their view of the world.


As custodians of the responsibility to protect the Ocean against its exploitation and destruction in our time, we have a moral obligation and longstanding legacy to uphold. Our forebears have, on this frontier, stood firm against the ruinous incursions of nuclear testing, driftnet fishing and bottom trawling, and marine pollution. Against impossible odds, they united to move a world to adopt a nuclear test ban treaty, a ban on driftnet fishing and the London Dumping Convention. Awareness of the connection between climate change and the health of our Oceans gathers momentum globally.


Deep sea mining is the latest in a long list of destructive industries to be thrust into our sacred ocean. It is a new, perilous frontier extractive industry being falsely promoted as a proven answer to our economic needs. While its promised benefits remain speculative, its pursuit is insidious. Even at an experimental stage, deep sea mining (DSM) is already proving harmful to Pacific communities, their livelihoods, cultural practices, and their wellbeing.


We call for a total ban on DSM within our territorial waters and in areas beyond national jurisdiction. 


Mindful of the nuclear legacy in the Pacific, and determined to not see it repeated, our Ocean must never again be used as the ‘testing grounds’ for dangerous pursuits that serve the interests of powerful states, institutions and industry.  Rich states, promoting their multinational companies, facilitated by powerful institutions have been working with our own Pacific Island governments enticing them with the promise of wealth, despite technologies for extracting minerals on the ocean floor remaining untested in terms of environmental safety.


Land-based mining also came with the promise of economic, social and environmental benefits for our people. Pacific peoples have carried the environmental and social costs of phosphate, copper, gold and bauxite mining in the region and continue to feel the impacts of its devastation.  Our lived experience in the Pacific shows clearly, however, that powerful corporations benefit the most while our people bear the costs of the destruction of our natural environment. Across the resource frontiers of our region, history records this deception time and again.


The corporations, institutions and their government backers advocating DSM promise great wealth from the unexplored depths of our oceans. Their claim that DSM’s environmental impacts will be minimal is audacious given the fact that very little is known, let alone understood, about the ecologies of our oceans.


We will not be fooled by predatory actors who frame the discussion and set the rules to advance their interests. We call on our Pacific Governments and the international community to stand, once again, on the right side of history.

What is actually known about our ocean depths runs contrary to the push for DSM. Scientists increasingly warn of:


  1. the devastating and irreversible damage to ecosystems and habitats,

  2. the resulting biodiversity loss including of many known endemic species, and others yet to be identified that will be affected and that most likely will never recover,

  3. the risk of giant sediment plumes traveling beyond the mining sites, smothering and potentially destroying all lifeforms on the seafloor,

  4. the danger of wastewater plumes, including potential toxins lethal to marine life, discharged from the mothership, impacting ocean ecosystems at various depths with attendant risk to our already threatened fisheries,

  5. the risk of toxins entering our food chain via contaminated fisheries, 

  6. potentially devastating oil spills from vessels occurring. 


Pacific governments keen to pursue DSM have to ask themselves, to what extent are they willing to destroy the ocean’s life support system during a time of climate, and planetary emergency and in what is commonly known as the age of extinction.  Our governments must ask themselves who stands to gain the most from the destruction of our ocean.  


Furthermore, scientists acknowledge the critical carbon sequestration functions of deep-sea hydrothermal vents and methane seeps, and are cautioning that the release of sequestered methane (a greenhouse gas thought to be 25 – 50 times more potent that carbon dioxide) could be a ‘doomsday climatic event’.


The health of oceans is already under unprecedented threats including from a multitude of human induced stressors such as overfishing, pollution, plastics, nuclear waste and radioactive material, and climate emergency along with related impacts such as ocean acidification and warming of oceans.


To mask their profit seeking motivation, proponents are attempting to ‘greenwash’ DSM, arguing that seabed minerals are necessary for so-called green technology and to enable the global transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. This is a spurious argument as the minerals needed can come from better recycling efforts, ethical consumption and production, and prioritizing the reuse of minerals in circulation.


It would be beyond ironic if leaders of Pacific Island countries, which are already at the forefront of the impacts of climate change and facing existential threats to territorial integrity, allow themselves to be persuaded to mine the ocean floor, thereby pushing the world into the doomsday scenario.


Although our own governments and industry actors have argued that the mining of resources on the deep seabed are entirely the provenance of the state, governments are still required to obtain the free, prior and informed consent of the people, particularly indigenous peoples, over any development activities which would adversely impact their lands, territories and resources. The fact is our governments do not have the free, prior and informed consent of our people to proceed with DSM in the Pacific Ocean nor in areas beyond national jurisdictions. 


There is no scenario in which DSM is permissible. If it’s not safe in our EEZs, it’s not safe in the Pacific as a whole, and therefore not safe for the world. A total ban on DSM is the only way to ensure the integrity of the ocean, the heart of our planet.


We therefore:


  • call for recognition that, as our common heritage, the ocean demands our common responsibility for its protection;


  • call on all Pacific leaders to join the growing ranks of governments, scientific authorities, CSOs, global leaders and indigenous groups the world over opposing the rush to mine the ocean floor and, in doing so, destroy our common heritage; and


  • welcome the stand taken by some Pacific governments of a moratorium on DSM within their EEZs but strongly urge all of our governments to move beyond their EEZs and support a global ban on DSM.


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