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Pacific civil society organisations have asked Pacific Islands Forum leaders for a 10-year moratorium on seabed mining  from 2021 to 2030, to give time for more scientific data to be generated to better inform the governance and conservation of...
Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has again called for a 10-year moratorium on sea-bed mining, at a time that many Pacific island nations are preparing for new frontiers of resource exploitation in the marine environment. Link to the full...
Hydrothermal vents host rare species at incredibly high density comparable to tropical rainforests or coral reefs...Now, species in even the most inaccessible parts of Earth are threatened by disturbance from human activity, including mining the...
Improved recycling and a circular economy negates the need for costly and damaging mining of the deep seabed...Interest in alternative sources of minerals is growing among civil society, scientists and companies, with work being undertaken towards “...
All mining operations, on land or at sea, cause environmental damage. Research strongly suggests that deep-sea mining will result in the loss of biodiversity...Such efforts could protect fragile marine environment from impacts of mining. Link to...
The stakes are high for the Pacific, where the pulse of an ailing ocean is sounding a warning for the future of its 12 million people. Whatever the issue- stronger storm surges, rising temperatures in an already warm ocean, overfishing, plastic and...
The deep sea — usually defined as the realm below 200 metres — is a world of extremes. Temperatures near the sea bed in many places hover near 0 °C, there is next to no light, and pressures can exceed 1,000 bars, equivalent to having a couple of...
The oceans are facing more threats now than at any time in history. Yet a nascent industry is ramping up to exert yet more pressure on marine life: deep sea mining. A handful of governments and companies have been granted licences to explore for...
The Pacific Ocean is the scene of a new wild west. Companies and their investors, hungry for profits, are driving a speculative rush for seabed minerals. They are aided in this by donor government supported programs that promote the development of ‘...
The potential for imminent abyssal polymetallic nodule exploitation has raised considerable scientifc attention. The interface between the targeted nodule resource and sediment in this unusual mosaic habitat promotes the development of some of the...