Deep sea news (12-19 September 2022)

Date: September 19, 2022

Check out the top stories from the deep, taken from coverage between 12- 19 September 2022

Should we be mining the deep seas?

Source: TRT World

Following the news that The Metals Company have been granted a license to begin deep sea mining, Following the news that The Metals Company have been granted a license to begin deep sea mining, TRT World offers a brief summary on the latest news and the growing  opposition to the emerging industry.

Europe moves to protect deep-sea sites in Atlantic from bottom fishing

Source:  Mongabay

Author: Elizabeth Claire Alberts

“On Sept. 15, the European Commission made a historic announcement: it will prohibit bottom fishing across 16,000 square kilometers, or 6,200 square miles — an area about half the size of Belgium”

Mongabay covers the EU Commission’s decision to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems at 400m below sea level. The move has been made four years later than originally targeted. 

How many mines does it take to…

Source: Green Rocks

Author: Ian Morse

Estimates depend mostly on how you forecast demand and how large your mines are. Who determines how high demand reaches? How do you distinguish between climate demands and company desires?”

Green Rocks Newsletter unpacks the ambiguity rife in mineral mining statistics.

Human Impacts and Human Rights on the High Seas: A Webinar for Ocean Journalists

Source: Earth Journalism Network

“Through our Ocean Media Initiative, EJN seeks to increase the quality and quantity of ocean-related stories in the media and build journalists’ capacity to report on ocean-related topics.”

ENJ invites a group of ocean experts, including the DSCC’s Director, Sian Owen, to discuss the complex issues facing the high seas. Catch up on the  one hour webinar which aimed to engage and inform journalists on how to effectively communicate high seas threats.

Une partie de l’océan Atlantique fermée au chalutage en eau profonde par l’UE

Source: Le Monde

On Thursday 15th September, the EU commission announced a partial ban on bottom trawling on vulnerable marine ecosystems in the North East Atlantic. Le Monde elaborates on how this ban follows previous legislation, which areas are affected, and how the decision came about.

Human Impacts and Human Rights on the High SeAdvierten inicio de explotación minera submarina entre Hawai y México

Source: La Jornada

The Metals Company has announced plans to commence test mining for deep-sea minerals  in the Clarion Clipperton region (between Hawaii and Mexico), La Jornada explores Mexico’s response.

Human Impacts and Human Rights on the High Seas: A Webinar for Ocean JoMining Ship Departs Mexico’s Manzanillo After Shock Decision to Greenlight Deep-Sea Mining Test

Source: Center for Biological Diversity 

“The Hidden Gem, the world’s largest vessel dedicated specifically to mining the seafloor for minerals, is staging its first mining operation. It will depart Wednesday from the Mexican Pacific port of Manzanillo.”

Press Release from the Center for Biological Diversity following the announcement of mining beginning in the Clarion Clipperton region.

Promise and Peril at the Bottom of the Sea

Source: The Daily

The Daily podcast interviews The New York Times’ Eric Lipton. Lipton recently published an explosive investigation into The Metals Company’s relationship with the ISA titled ‘Secret Data, Tiny Islands and a Quest for Treasure on the Ocean Floor’. The Daily offers a longer format discussion of his findings.