The deep sea is the largest biome on Earth. This mysterious and varied place makes up 90% of
the marine environment and plays a vital role in regulating our planetary systems, not least by
absorbing and storing vast quantities of the carbon dioxide emitted into the air by human activity.
Deep-sea mining: the science and potential impacts
Deep Sea Conservation Coalition: Fact Sheet 2
Vast quantities of metal-rich mineral deposits have been found in areas of
the deep sea – the water column below 200 meters and the international
seabed. This has catalyzed the development of technologies to extract
resources from the deep seabed.
Concerns over the potential environmental impacts of deep-sea mining have led to
increasing support for a moratorium. The reasons behind the moratorium calls range from
uncertainties over the full extent of the risks given a lack of scientific information, to questions
over the technical capability and accountability of the relevant authorities to properly manage
FACT SHEET 1: Deep Sea Mining - What Is It All About?
June 2012 | The factsheet provides concise information about the potential impacts of deep sea mining and what you can do to take action to stop experimental seabed mining in the Pacific. It was specifically written for the Pacific Council of Churches but has also been circulated widely to organisations and groups with concerns about deep sea mining.
FACT SHEET 2: Deep Sea Mining - The Need For Transparency
November 2012 | The factsheet gives information about Nautlus Solwara 1 deep sea mining project in Papua New Guinea. It calls for transparency from the Papua New Guinean government, specifically the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), to release reports and information to the public to show the basis on which the 20 year operating license was issued.