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WORLD LEADERS AND PARLIAMENTARIANS CALL FOR URGENT ACTION TO HALT THE EMERGING DEEP-SEA MINING INDUSTRY
For immediate release – Updated 28.6.22
As the UN Ocean Conference gets underway and global attention turns towards the ocean, political resistance to the emerging deep-sea mining industry gains traction as Palau, Samoa, Fiji, Guam and 57 Parliamentarians all call for a halt to the destructive industry.
Yesterday the President of Palau, Surangel Whipps, Jr. joined the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition and WWF at an official conference side event in Lisbon, calling on behalf of his government for an immediate moratorium on deep-sea mining. As the leader of the global call, the President launched the new Alliance of Countries Calling for a Deep-Sea Mining Moratorium. Oceanographer and marine biologist, Dr. Sylvia Earle, and Debbie Ngawera-Packer, Co-leader Te Pāti Māori, Member of Parliament, Aotearoa/New Zealand joined the President of Palau at the event to explore the wonders of the deep and the critical action needed to protect in the face of destructive mining.
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The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition is saddened by the passing of Palau’s United Nations Ambassador Stuart Beck, a constant friend of the ocean and hero of the deep sea.
Continue reading Farewell to Stuart Beck, longtime ocean advocate
“If all nations that purport to support urgent action to protect the biodiversity of the international waters of the world’s oceans from bottom trawl fishing, were as consistent and persistent as the Republic of Palau, the deep sea habitats of the high seas would undoubtedly already be safe from the fishing practice that continues to ravage the extraordinarily rich, unique and vulnerable biodiversity found in the deep ocean beyond countries’ national waters,” said Deep Sea Conservation Coalition political advisor, Matthew Gianni.
Continue reading High time other countries found Palau’s political backbone
Addressing national leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly Sebastian Anefal, the Federated States of Micronesia’s Foreign Minister reiterated the call made on 23 September by Palau’s Vice President, Sandra Pierantozzi for a moratorium on deep sea bottom trawling.
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