2 August, 2021

Authors: Katrina Goddard, Karli Thomas, Barry Weeber


Together with Greenpeace Aotearoa, WWF-NZ, Forest and Bird, LegaSea, New Zealand Sport Fishing Council, Our Seas Our Future, and Environment and Conservation Organisations of Aotearoa New Zealand (ECO), the DSCC  is calling on the New Zealand government to ban bottom trawling on seamounts.

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16 April, 2021

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition’s (DSCC) 2020 Report informs on Fisheries, Deep Seabed Mining and Ocean Governance.

30 October, 2020

Authors: Susanna Fuller, Duncan Currie, Matthew Gianni, Lyn Goldsworthy, Cassandra Rigby, Kathryn Schleit, Colin Simpfendorfer, Les Watling, Barry Weeber.

16 years have passed since the UNGA first called for States and RFMOs “urgently to adopt … conservation and management measures, in accordance with international law, to address the impact of destructive fishing practices.

This report by the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) reviews the progress made since 2016 and makes recommendations on what more should be done to ensure that both individual high-seas fishing nations and regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) fully implement the actions called for in UNGA Resolutions 61/105, 64/72, 66/68 and 71/123. It is the latest in a series produced by the DSCC that have been published in advance of the formal reviews conducted by the UNGA.

Although the UNGA review workshop scheduled for August 2020 was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the information in this report is relevant to RFMO Commission and Scientific Committee meetings taking place over the next 12 months and will help inform the UNGA workshop when it is rescheduled. All documents are available only in English.

26 August, 2019
Guillermo Ortuño Crespo, Daniel C. Dunn, Matthew Gianni, Kristina Gjerde, Glen Wright & Patrick N. Halpin

States at the United Nations have begun negotiating a new treaty to strengthen the legal regime for marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Failure to ensure the full scope of fish biodiversity is covered could result in thousands of species continuing to slip through the cracks of a fragmented global ocean governance framework.

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18 June, 2019

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition’s (DSCC) 2018 Report informs on Deep- Sea Fisheries, Deep- Sea Mining and International Ocean Governance.


Available in English.

28 March, 2019

This is a joint submission to the fourteenth round of informal consultations of States Parties to the United Nations Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks

These informal consultations focus on the topic “Performance reviews of regional fisheries management organizations and arrangements”

Submitted by: WWF, Greenpeace International, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition on 28 March 2019

Available in English.

29 November, 2018

This report contains a summary of the international expert workshop “A benefit sharing mechanism appropriate for the Common Heritage of Mankind” which took place from 26 to 29 November 2018 in Potsdam, Germany. It was jointly organized by the German Environment Agency and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies. The overall objective was to stimulate debate on the Common Heritage of Mankind and its benefit sharing element by discussing first ideas how the benefit sharing required by Article 140 paragraph 2 UNCLOS could be appropriately conceptualized in order to meet with the spirit and the requirements of the Common Heritage of Mankind principle. 50 mostly international Stakeholders from a range of disciplines considered the following aspects:

  • The legal framework of the common heritage of mankind, in particular its benefit sharing provisions;
  • The option of a full economic assessment of deep seabed mining operations;
  • Economic considerations in light of the Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Forward thinking of deep seabed mining with a 2030 Scenario Approach;
  • The future role of the Enterprise;
  • The interlinkage with the BBNJ process.

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26 November, 2018

Source: ECO (CBD Alliance)
Authors: Matthew Gianni (Deep Sea Conservation Coalition) & Helena Paul (EcoNexus)

The deep-sea has been described by the United Nations First World Ocean Assessment, published in 2016, as a vast realm which “constitutes the largest source of species and ecosystem diversity on Earth” and that the diversity of organisms in the deep sea supports ecosystem processes necessary for the Earth’s natural systems to function.

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