On behalf of the Deep Sea mining Campaign we would like to send a message of solidarity to Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) who is currently joined by pro-surfer Dave Rastovich (Surfers for Cetaceans) and many others in an epic 350km paddle to raise awareness about seabed mining in New Zealand. You can see daily updates of the paddle here
The action follows on from a 170km walk and cycle by KASM chairperson Phil McCabe. He and his partner Bernadette Gavin and and 11-year-old daughter Sequoia journeyed coastal South Taranaki to spread that message, from Opunake to Wanganui.
The campaign against seabed mining started way back in 2004, when the town of Raglan on the west coast of the Norh Island reacted to a a wave of prospecting permits that were being issued by the New Zealand government to several companies hoping to exploit the ironsand reserves in the west coast seabed. It wasn’t long before KASM was formed:
“KASM is a vehicle to help coastal residents to learn about any current and future proposals, and to illustrate the deep public opposition to these type of operations.” – KASM website
There are many key issues facing local communities and the environment by these proposals. The share scale of these proposals is not matched anywhere else in the world* in regards to shallow seabed mining. Key issues include:
- coastal erosion
- impacts on the Taranaki food chain
- threat to the endangered Maui dolphin (only 55 breeding animals left)
The campaign video against seabed mining in New Zealand has been viewed by nearly 5000 people, please watch and share:
To see currently registered prospecting and exploration permits, as well as the continental shelf licences in New Zealand’s marine environment please visit here.
In August this year the Deep Sea Mining campaign put out a joint media release with KASM questioning EU funding for SOPAC’s reckless approach to Experimental Seabed Mining in the Pacific. The Deep Sea mining campaign is also keeping a watchful eye on the development of deep sea mining 450 km east of Christchurch in New Zealand by Chatham Rock Phosphate.
*It should be noted that if deep sea mining goes ahead in the Pacific the scale of mining of seabeds will massive – the total exploration is as large as 26,578 Sydney Harbours or 1,325,892.06 Olympic swimming pools. Even though areas under leasehold are not necessarily active with current exploration there is still an enormous area of ocean in the hands of private companies.
KASM In the News
- Surfer to protest-paddle sea mining route
- World’s Smallest Dolphin in Surfer’s sights – Epic 350km Ocean Paddle Aims to draw Awareness to proposed NZ Seabed Mining
- Kiwis Against Seabed Mining to protest TTR’s Taranaki Coast plans
- Journey to protest mining
- Mining representative ejected
Deep Sea Mining campaign