Check out the top stories from the deep, taken from coverage between 9 January – 16 January 2023
Deep sea mining would change the seafloor ecosystem for up to millions of years
International Seabed Authority measures do not protect deep sea from harmful mining impact.
NIOZ has compiled some key interviews, podcasts and scientific publications, discussing some FAQs around deep-sea mining.
REVEALED: Undercover video shows deep sea mining tests tainted by pollution and flawed monitoring
Undercover footage of the latest deep sea mining tests in the Pacific Ocean by Canadian miner The Metals Company (TMC) and its Swiss operating partner and shareholder AllSeas shows that wastewater sucked up from the seabed was dumped directly onto the sea’s surface. The wastewater contained rock debris and sediment. TMC and Allseas have not publicly reported the incident.
As the global outcry against deep-sea mining grows, footage has emerged of The Metals Company dumping destructive mining waste into the ocean. Sediment plumes are major concern surrounding deep-sea mining practices, and the unlawful dumping of seabed sediment onto the ocean surface is also a cause for concern.
Métaux rares : ces entreprises lancées dans la course aux abysses
Source: Le Monde
Author: Guillaume Delacroix
Following Macron’s call for a ban on deep-sea mining, Le Monde discusses The Metals Company’s ‘covetous’ attempts to mine the seabed.
Position Paper: The dangers of deep seabed mining and why African governments must support the call for a ban.
Author: Gideon Sarpong
deep-sea mining poses significant threats to the ocean and its ecosystems, and it is essential that African governments represented by the African group at the International Seabed Authority (ISA) reject this practice and instead pursue sustainable alternatives
Outlining the varied and serious concerns which surround seabed mining, Sarpong implores the Africa Group to take a stance against deep-sea mining at the next meeting of the ISA. He points out that contrary to the promises of wealth, the fishing and tourism industries of African IPLC people would be decimated in the face of the ocean’s ecological collapse