• Our Oceans Are Already Under too Much Pressure.


  • Community Rights to Free Prior & Informed Consent.


  • There Is Very Little Known About Deep Sea Ecosystems.



The South Pacific Ocean is Currently the World’s Laboratory for the Experiment of Deep Sea Mining.

With over over 1.5 million square kilometres of ocean floor already under exploration leasehold the
world’s first licence to operate a deep sea mine has been granted in Papua New Guinea to Canadian company Nautilus Minerals.
There is a high level of uncertainty about the risks deep seabed mining poses to marine environments and communities.

Seabed mining in PNG: environmental experiment, false hope of economic returns

MEDIA RELEASE | Wednesday 14th December 2016
Nautilus Minerals pedalled false hope for experimental seabed mining at the PNG Petroleum and Mining Conference in Sydney. NGOs and civil society in PNG raise serious doubt about the commercial and environmental viability of the Solwara 1 seabed mining project.
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The Sinking Titanic: International Seabed Authority and Mining the Common Heritage of Humankind

MEDIA RELEASE | Tuesday 29th November 2016
NGOs and civil society from Papua New Guinea and around the world challenge the development of regulations for deep sea mining by the International Seabed Authority (ISA). Their call for a ban on this frontier industry highlights the need for debate on progressing deep sea mining when alternatives are available.
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Submission to the International Seabed Authority

Friday 25 November 2016
Deep Sea Mining Campaign submission to the International Seabed Authority on its Draft Regulations and Standard Contract Terms on Exploitation for Mineral Resources in the Area
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Call for transparency around PNG seabed mining project

Radio New Zealand | 24 November 2016
Papua New Guinea's public has the right to be informed about impacts of seabed mining, according to the NGO Bismarck Ramu Group. There remains strong opposition to the project among local communities and environmentalists, while caution has been urged by the World Bank among others.
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Lutherans Walk 9 days Across Highlands Region Campaigning Against Experimental Seabed Mining

Rachel Shisei | EMTV News | 23 November 2016
t took 9 days and an estimated total of 261 kilometres, for a group of Lutherans, to walk four Highlands provinces. Their outreach awareness focused on the issues affecting ‘God’s creations’, or the natural resources in the country. The campaign specifically aimed at the Experimental Seabed Mining project, the only kind in the world licensed by the government, to operate in the country.
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MEDIA RELEASE: Public Right to be Informed on Experimental Seabed Mining

Image: Lutheran Karkar Youth Group in Papua New Guinea calling for a ban on experimental seabed mining.
NGOs and civil society in Papua New Guinea demand that the PNG government and Nautilus Minerals make public key documents relating to the licensing of the Solwara 1 deep sea mining project. This follows a recent decision from the New Zealand Environment Court calling for transparency of seabed mining.
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Deep sea mining plans for Papua New Guinea raise alarm

18 November 2016 / David Hutt / Mongabay.com
Hydrothermal vents create both hotspots of deep-sea biodiversity and rich mineral deposits. Papua New Guinea is at the center of a debate about whether these sites should be preserved or mined.
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Deep Sea Mining Watch

Benioff Ocean Initiative & the Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara
Deep Sea Mining Watch is an open tool for sharing information on deep sea mining activities that centres around tracking the movements of prospecting and mining vessels.
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