Check out the top stories from the deep, taken from coverage between 6 – 13 February 2023
9th February 2023
Today, during a leadership forum at IMPAC5 in Vancouver, Canada called for no deep-sea mining to take place, if protection of the marine environment from harm cannot be ensured. The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) calls on the Canadian government to increase its ambition and call for a moratorium on the risky industry.
Check out the top stories from the deep, taken from coverage between 30 January – 6 February 2023
39 international and national environmental non-governmental organizations, including the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition which comprises 108 non-governmental organizations, sent a letter to Canadian Ministers to urge them to announce support for a moratorium on deep-sea mining during the Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5), which is being hosted by Canada on 3-9 February in Vancouver.
Read the full letter here.
Source: CBC News
Author: Paul Withers
In more World Ocean Day news, on June 8 an area off of the coast of Nova Scotia of about 44,000 square kilometres was declared a marine refuge by the Canadian government.
Source: Policy Options
Author: Susanna Fuller, Catherine Coumans, Nicole Zanesco
From the Atlantic, across the Arctic, to the Pacific, Canadians and Indigenous peoples rely on the ocean for food, income and connection to our cultures and histories. But the ocean does not stop at the boundary demarcating our national waters, and neither do the species that thrive there.
Source: Fishermen’s News
Six Canadian entities have relaunched a parliamentary petition calling on the federal government to help establish an international moratorium on deep seabed mining.
Source: Canada’s National Observer
Author: Natasha Bulowski
This is critical time for the protection of the deep, as the International Seabed Authority (ISA) considers the conditions for launching deep sea mining activities as soon as June of next year. With one of the longest coastlines in the world, Canada positions itself as a leader in marine protection, and yet so far, the country has been largely absent from these crucial discussions.
Source: Hakai Magazine
Author: Judith Lavoie
In the northeast Pacific, the upper 3,000 meters of water has lost 15 percent of its oxygen over the past 60 years, and the top 500 meters is simultaneously becoming more acidic at an unprecedented rate, a study by Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientists has found.
Source: The Narhwal
Author: Sonia Jind
Until recently, the largest ecosystem on earth has stayed mostly beyond human reach.
But a new chapter in resource extraction could open up Earth’s most remote places to industrial development.