The Deep Sea Mining Campaign is a coalition of NGOs and local people from the Pacific, Americas and Canada, opposed to plans for deep sea mining and the impacts likely to result on ecosystems and communities. The campaign is a project of the Ocean Foundation and has partners including MiningWatch Canada and Papua New Guinean Groups Against Seabed Experimental Mining.
The Campaign developed in opposition to seabed exploration in the South Pacific in 2011; 1.5 million square k.m of pacific ocean floor is currently under an exploration lease. The first of these new deep sea mining leases was awarded to Nautilius, a Canadian company, for mining in Papua New Guinea. US-based Lockheed Martin is negotiating contracts off the coast of Fiji, UK Seabed Resources is eyeing up a 58,000 square km lease area between Mexico and Hawaii, amongst many others worldwide.
This new form of mining presents many uncertainties about the risks to ecosytems and communities; the aim of the Deep Sea Mining Campaign is to enable free and prior informed consent for affect communities, and apply the precautionary principle.
Two reports have been produced by the Deep Sea Mining Campaign;
Out of Our Depth: Mining the Ocean Floor in Papua New Guinea
This report details environmental and social impacts expected from planned mining operation in Papua New Guinea. It explores how Nautilus Minerals has conducted insufficient testing of toxicity and has provided insufficient evidence of the effects on organisms and the wider ecosystem.
Physical Oceanographic Assessment of the Nautilius Environmental Impact Statement for the Solwara 1 Project.
This report, authored by oceanographic expert Dr John Luick, focuses on adverse environmental effects that may result from Nautilius’s planned deep sea mine. In particular the effects of currents and up-swelling that may carry pollutants long distances, and states that the Environmental Impact Statement seriously underplays the risks facing communities and marine ecosystems.
Publications by Allies
Deep Sea Mining: An Urgent Wake-Up Call to Protect Our Oceans.
This report by Greenpeace, documents the serious threats posed to oceans and communities by the new emerging deep sea mining sector.
Down to Earth: Mining at Deep Sea
Down to Earth provide a useful news story containing visual info graphics and supportive information for the campaign against deep sea mining.
Also provide a map of ownership of different parts of the sea floor and the potential mineral deposits contained.