The UN Ocean Conference
9 June 2017 In respect of the UN Oceans Conference, the DSCC is calling on high seas fishing nations to fully and effectively protect deep-sea ecosystems from ‘significant adverse impacts’ of deep-sea fisheries, including through prohibiting bottom trawling on seamounts, as they have committed to do by implementing UNGA resolutions adopted since 2006.
Deep sea: Potential threats to Earth's 'final frontier' are growing
25 May 2017 Over-fishing, pollution and the advent of deep sea mining pose new challenges to a previously untouched world
Japan researchers confirm deep-sea electric current, possible origin of life on Earth
8 May 2017 A team of scientists from Japanese research institutes has confirmed low electric current around deep-sea hydrothermal vents, suggesting a possibility that such a current played a key role in the formation of life on Earth from organic matter in the ocean.
Apple’s Commitment to a No-Mining Future Makes Deep Sea Mining Unnecessary
2 May 2017 Scientists and civil society organisations from around the world welcome Apple’s 2017 Environment Responsibility Report announcing the communication technology giant’s goal to “stop mining the earth altogether”. They call on other companies to match this commitment.
NGOs send joint letter to Commissioner Vella calling on the Commission to ensure effective implementation of new EU regulation to protect deep-sea ecosystems from the harmful impacts of deep-sea fishing
21 April 2017 Dear Commissioner Vella, In January 2017, the new EU regulation1 establishing specific conditions for fishing for deep-sea stocks in the northeast Atlantic entered into force. We appreciate the constructive role played by the Commission in the negotiation of this regulation. It is an important step forward for the implementation of environmental provisions of EU and international fisheries and marine law. However, the significance of this legislative achievement will ultimately be measured by how well it is implemented.
Apple vows to end mining and use only recycled materials
19 April 2017 The company cites concern for the planet's future as the chief motivation for the shift.
Fishery in the Adriatic: Last Call for Jabuka Pit – Croatia Must Play its Part
29 March 2017 On the eve of the Ministerial Conference on Mediterranean Fisheries (Malta, 29-30 March 2017) Greenpeace in Croatia, NAŠ Jadran, Ad Adriaticum, BIOM, Clean Adriatic Sea Alliance, Eco Hvar, Udruga Održivi Otok, and Udruga Zdravi Grad urge Minister Tomislav Tolušic to promote the full protection of the Jabuka Pit from bottom trawling and set longliners.
World's First Deep-Sea Mining Venture Set to Launch in 2019
24 March 2017 Remote-controlled robots will journey to the bottom of the ocean in search of copper, nickel, cobalt, gold, and platinum as global demand for minerals surges.
A civil society perspective on drafting environmental regulations for deep-sea mining
20 March 2017 Summary of the DSCC presentation to the workshop entitled “Towards an ISA Environmental Management Strategy for the Area” co-sponsored by the government of Germany and the International Seabed Authority (ISA), Berlin, 20-24 March 2017.
Deep-sea corals reveal why atmospheric carbon was reduced during colder time periods
14 March 2017 Efficient nutrient consumption by plankton in the Southern Ocean drove carbon sequestration in the deep ocean during the ice ages, a new study suggests.