February 17, 2020

OPPOSITION TO SEABED MINING FROM CHIEFS IN FIJI’S MACUATA

Source: https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/409685/opposition-to-seabed-mining-from-chiefs-in-fiji-s-macuata Fijian chiefs from the northern province of Macuata have warned they will not allow seabed mining in the area. The decision by the chiefs includes the province’s …

January 20, 2020

STUDY WEIGHS DEEP-SEA MINING’S IMPACT ON MICROBES

Source: https://waldo.villagesoup.com/p/study-weighs-deep-sea-minings-impact-on-microbes/1848586 EAST BOOTHBAY — The essential roles that microbes play in deep-sea ecosystems are at risk from the potential environmental impacts of mining, a new paper in Limnology and …

January 8, 2020

INDIAN SCIENTISTS TO SET SAIL IN SEARCH OF VALUABLE MINERALS

Source: https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/science/indian-scientists-to-set-sail-in-search-of-valuable-minerals/article30511641.ece Indian scientists are preparing to set sail to a region of the Indian Ocean, off the East coast of Madagascar, where they believe are plenty of valuable …

January 6, 2020

DEEP-SEA MINERS SEE TESLA GROWTH AS SIGNAL TO PLUCK COBALT

Source: https://www.eenews.net/stories/1062004431 The opening of Tesla Inc.’s massive manufacturing plant in China brings deep-seabed mining closer to reality, industry scientists say. The famed electric car maker announced last month …

December 5, 2019

UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF DEEP-SEA MINING

Source: http://news.mit.edu/2019/understanding-impact-deep-sea-mining-1206 Mining materials from the sea floor could help secure a low-carbon future, but researchers are racing to understand the environmental effects. Resting atop Thomas Peacock’s desk is …

November 3, 2019

NIOT DEVELOPING DEEP-SEA MINING SYSTEM: VENKAIAH NAIDU

Source: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/indl-goods/svs/metals-mining/niot-developing-deep-sea-mining-system-venkaiah-naidu/articleshow/71877850.cms CHENNAI: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday that the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) is developing a deep-sea mining system to meet the nation’s …

October 24, 2019

CHINESE MARINE RESEARCH VESSEL RETURNS AFTER DEEP-SEA EXPLORATION

Source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-10/24/c_138499858.htm GUANGZHOU, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) — Chinese marine research vessel Haiyang 6 (Ocean 6) has completed its deep-sea exploration mission in the Western Pacific ocean after 122 days …

October 24, 2019

CHINA EXPECTED TO LEAD RACE TO EXPLOIT DEEP SEA MINERALS

Source: https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/energy-commodities/china-expected-to-lead-race-to-exploit-deep-sea-minerals CHINA is likely to become the first country in the world to start mining seabed minerals if the international rules for exploitation are approved next year, the …

October 23, 2019

NAUTILUS TO RESTRUCTURE SEA BED MINING ASSETS

Source: https://resourceworld.com/nautilus-to-restructure-sea-bed-mining-assets/ Nautilus Minerals Inc. [NUS-TSX; NUSMF-OTC], a company that hoped to become the world’s first deep sea mining firm, can proceed with a financial restructuring that would allow two …

October 18, 2019

CHINA’S DEEP-SEA MINING, A VIEW FROM THE TOP

Source: https://www.pressreader.com/china/newschina/20191024/281921659709206 Insights into progress and future plans from Liu Feng, secretary general of the China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) Opening an app on his …

October 17, 2019

DEEPGREEN DERIVES METAL FROM SEAFLOOR POLYMETALLIC NODULES

Source: https://www.valuewalk.com/2019/10/nickel-copper-cobalt/ Vancouver, Canada — DeepGreen Metals, Inc., a company pioneering a new source of critical base metals which are needed for scaling up electric vehicles and energy storage globally, …

October 17, 2019

DEEPGREEN OPENS PATH TO SEAFLOOR MINING

Source: https://stockhead.com.au/resources/deepgreen-opens-path-to-seafloor-mining/ Seafloor mining for critical base metals has taken another step forward with Canadian company DeepGreen Metals producing an alloy of base metals from polymetallic nodules found on …

October 15, 2019

COOKS OPPOSITION BACKS SEABED MINING MORATORIUM

Source: https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/400987/cooks-opposition-backs-seabed-mining-moratorium The Democratic Party of the Cook Islands is backing a call by some Pacific countries and civil organisations for a 10-year moratorium on any seabed mining activity. …

October 10, 2019

ACHIEVING ZERO-CARBON WITH DEEP-SEA MINERALS

Source: https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/zero-carbon/75355/ Professor Bramley J Murton, Associate Head of Marine Geosciences from National Oceanography Centre, discusses if deep-sea minerals can meet the zero-carbon challenge, in this article It is …

October 8, 2019

NZ SUPPORT FOR SEABED MINING ON OFFER IN PACIFIC

Source: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2019/10/08/848216/nz-support-for-seabed-mining-on-offer-in-pacific Despite uncertainty over the environmental impact, some Pacific countries are pushing ahead with plans to mine their seabeds for minerals – and New Zealand has offered …

September 26, 2019

Ngāti Ruanui is optimistic in seabed mining appeal

Source: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1909/S00652/ngati-ruanui-is-optimistic-in-seabed-mining-appeal.htm Ngāti Ruanui legal team under QC Richard Fowler concluded with compelling performances from lawyers Horiana Irwin-Easthorpe and Natalie Coates. Irwin-Easthorpe referred to Judge Joe Williams writings and …

September 25, 2019

Trans Tasman Resources’ fight to mine South Taranaki Bight back in NZ court

Source: https://ramumine.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/trans-tasman-resources-fight-to-mine-south-taranaki-bight-back-in-nz-court/ A mining company’s fight to dig for ironsands off the coast of Taranaki began again on Tuesday in court. Trans Tasman Resources (TTR) was granted consent in …

September 23, 2019

South Taranaki seabed mining case moves to a higher court

Source: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/mining/news/article.cfm?c_id=64&objectid=12270005 The long-running legal battle over the South Taranaki Bight’s iron-sand seabed resumes in the Appeal Court in Wellington on Tuesday. Mining company Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) seeks to …

September 15, 2019

Collapse of PNG deep-sea mining venture sparks calls for moratorium

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/16/collapse-of-png-deep-sea-mining-venture-sparks-calls-for-moratorium Papua New Guinea out of pocket $157m from failed attempt at mining material from deep-sea vents as opponents point to environmental risk   The “total failure” of …

July 28, 2019

INDIA SET TO LAUNCH A DEEP OCEAN MISSION FOR SUSTAINABLE USE OF OCEAN RESOURCES

Source: https://theindiasaga.com/nation/india-set-to-launch-a-deep-ocean-mission-for-sustainable-use-of-ocean-resources The Central Government has given its nod for an Rs.8,000 crore mission to explore the deepest regions of the oceans surrounding the country as part of an …

July 27, 2019

JAMAICA TO ADVANCE LEGISLATION RELATED TO SEABED EXPLORATION

Source: http://rjrnewsonline.com/local/jamaica-to-advance-legislation-related-to-seabed-exploration Prime Minister Andrew Holness, says Jamaica is advancing legislation that will ensure compliance with international rules and best environmental practices in relation to exploration in the seabed …

July 18, 2019

CHINA GETS FIFTH LICENSE TO EXPLORE OCEAN FLOOR MINERALS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS

Source: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1158320.shtml China has been granted its fifth license to an exclusive exploration area for polymetallic nodules in the West Pacific Ocean, which is closer to home than the …

July 17, 2019

KUMUL MINERALS FILES CLAIM FOR SOLWARA PROJECT

Source: https://ramumine.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/kumul-minerals-files-claim-for-solwara-project/ Kumul Minerals Holdings has led a claim for unearned contribution to the Solwara 1 Deep Sea Mining Project. KMH chairman Peter Graham announced this on Monday that …

July 16, 2019

SEABED-MINING FOES PRESS U.N. TO WEIGH CLIMATE IMPACTS

Source: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/seabed-mining-foes-press-u-n-to-weigh-climate-impacts/ Mining interests are racing to extract minerals from the ocean bottom that would be used in batteries for electric vehicles. Deep seabed mining could begin by 2025 …

July 15, 2019

SCOTTISH ENTERPRISE URGED TO RULE OUT ‘DAMAGING’ DEEP SEA MINING

Source: https://theferret.scot/deep-sea-mining-scottish-enterprise/ Environmental campaigners have called on the Scottish Government’s economic development agency not to spend taxpayers’ money subsidising a controversial new form of underwater mining. A report commissioned …

July 13, 2019

DATE SET FOR SOUTH TARANAKI BIGHT IRON SAND MINING BATTLE TO HEAD TO COURT OF APPEAL

Source: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/mining/news/article.cfm?c_id=64&objectid=12248648 A date has been set for the next chapter in the long-running battle for consent to mine iron sand from the South Taranaki seabed. It will be …

July 8, 2019

ADDRESSING CRITICS, ISA CLAIMS AUTHORITY TO SET OCEAN MINING RULES

Source: https://www.oceannews.com/news/science-technology/addressing-critics-isa-claims-authority-to-set-ocean-mining-rules As it prepares for the 15 July 2019 opening of Part II its 25th Session, the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Council is fending off criticism that it …

July 7, 2019

UN DEEP SEA MINING BODY REJECTS GREENPEACE CRITICISM

Source: http://www.miningnewspro.com/News/394454/UN-deep-sea-mining-body-rejects-Greenpeace-criticism The International Seabed Authority (ISA) has rejected criticism from Greenpeace over its handling of ocean mining, fuelling a spat that threatens to overshadow talks this month by …

July 6, 2019

GREENPEACE REPORT REVEALS NEED TO REGULATE DEEP-SEA MINING

Source: https://www.newsclick.in/greenpeace-report-environmental-threat-deep-sea-mining Environmentalists apprehend that the proposed mining would not only have a devastating effect on the delicate marine ecosystem, but also the global fight against climate breakdown would …

July 5, 2019

NEW BOOK ENLIGHTENS YOUNG READERS ON DEEP SEA MINING

Source: http://www.thecommonwealth.org/media/news/new-book-enlightens-young-readers-deep-sea-mining A new illustrated book, co-published by the Commonwealth, seeks to educate children about seabed minerals and the impacts of their exploitation through deep sea mining. Treasures of …

July 5, 2019

GREENPEACE AND SEABED AUTHORITY FACE OFF OVER OCEAN MINING

Source: https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/world/2019-07-05-greenpeace-and-seabed-authority-face-off-over-ocean-mining/ The International Seabed Authority, established by the UN to manage seabed minerals says Greenpeace is wrong about international law. The International Seabed Authority (ISA) has rejected criticism …

June 19, 2019

SEABED MINING BAN LOOMS ALONG NEW ZEALAND COASTS

Source: https://www.insideresources.co.nz/news-story/seabed-mining/43263/seabed-mining-ban-looms-along-north-islands-west-coast?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inside-resources-newsletter A prohibition on seabed mining out to 12 nautical miles from the western North Island coastline is among proposed options in public consultation on ways to protect …

June 18, 2019

COOKS GOVT USES FINAL HOURS OF PARLIAMENT TO PASS SEABED BILL

Source: https://ramumine.wordpress.com/2019/06/18/cooks-govt-uses-final-hours-of-parliament-to-pass-seabed-bill/ A bid by the opposition in the Cook Islands to have a controversial seabed mining bill face further scrutiny has been quashed. The Cook Islands News reports that, instead, …

June 9, 2019

DEEP SEA MINING START-UP SECURES BULK OF $150M FUNDING ROUND

Source: https://www.ft.com/content/23ecf682-892a-11e9-97ea-05ac2431f453 DeepGreen, a start-up that wants to suck cobalt and other battery metals from the bottom of the ocean, has secured the backing of offshore pipeline company Allseas …

June 3, 2019

CONSERVATION BOARD STANDS STRONG ON OPPOSITION TO SEABED MINING

Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/113158265/conservation-board-stands-strong-on-opposition-to-seabed-mining A conservation group opposed to seabed mining off the South Taranaki coastline is set to argue its case again in the Court of Appeal. Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board …

June 1, 2019

TRANSPARENCY NEEDED IN SEABED MINING PROCESS

Source: https://ramumine.wordpress.com/2019/06/03/transparency-needed-in-seabed-mining-process/ Local non-government organisations Te Ipukarea Society and Kōrero O Te ‘Ōrau recently sourced funding for an independent legal opinion on the draft Seabed Minerals Bill 2019. This …

May 27, 2019

CONCERNS RAISED ABOUT FRENCH POLYNESIAN MINING DECISION

Source: https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/390676/concerns-raised-about-french-polynesian-mining-decision A French Polynesian pro-independence assembly member has raised concern about last week’s decision to reconsider seabed mining. The government has hired a French company to draw up …

May 25, 2019

COMPANY HIRED TO DRAW UP FRENCH POLYNESIAN MINING STRATEGY

Source: https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/389978/company-hired-to-draw-up-french-polynesian-mining-strategy A French company has been hired by the French Polynesian government to draw up a strategy on mining, including on the territory’s seafloor. A sum of $US70,000 …

May 17, 2019

SOUTH AFRICA EYES SUNKEN MINERAL TREASURES

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-05-17-south-africa-eyes-sunken-mineral-treasures/ After some delay, South Africa is at last starting to prepare to share in the bonanza that is expected when the international community eventually allows mining …

May 16, 2019

DE BEERS PREPARES SEVENTH SHIP TO MINE NAMIBIA’S SEABED

Source: https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/companies/mining/2019-05-16-de-beers-prepares-seventh-ship-to-mine-namibias-seabed/ De Beers, the world’s largest producer of rough diamonds by value, will build a seventh ship at a cost of a $468m to suck diamonds from the …

May 7, 2019

PM LABELS SOLWARA VENTURE AS A WASTED INVESTMENT

Source: https://postcourier.com.pg/pm-labels-solwara-venture-wasted-investment/ In yesterday’s heated exchange of words and debate in Parliament, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill labeled the now considered sunk Solwara 1 project for deep sea mining as …

May 2, 2019

LAUNCH OF SEABED MINING EXPERIMENT IS PUT ON HOLD FOR SEVERAL MONTHS

Source: https://www.environment-hawaii.org/?p=11252 The Belgian company Global Sea Mineral Resources (GSR) had planned to start small-scale testing last month of a bus-sized tracked robot – 40 feet long, 13 feet …

April 30, 2019

THE ISA IS DRAFTING NEW ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS TO GOVERN DEEP SEA MINING

Source: https://www.mining-technology.com/news/the-isa-is-drafting-new-environmental-regulations-to-govern-deep-sea-mining/ The International Seabed Authority (ISA) has taken another step forward in drafting new regulations to govern the activities of mining companies in international waters, according to Hannah …

April 26, 2019

CANADA BANS DEEP-SEA MINING, OIL AND GAS DRILLING IN MARINE PROTECTED AREAS

Source: https://thenarwhal.ca/canada-bans-deep-sea-mining-oil-and-gas-drilling-in-marine-protected-areas/ After two years of advocacy and 70,000 letters sent, conservation organizations across Canada are celebrating the federal government’s decision to prohibit all oil and gas activities in marine protected …

April 25, 2019

DEEP-SEA MINING BOSS SAYS NEW LAW COULD BE ADOPTED NEXT YEAR

Source: https://www.miningweekly.com/article/deep-sea-mining-boss-says-new-law-could-be-adopted-next-year-2019-04-25/rep_id:3650 LONDON – China and a quest for battery minerals have injected momentum into a long UN process to agree a law on deep-sea mining, which could be adopted by the end …

April 24, 2019

CANCEL ALL SEABED MINING LICENCES: PNG LOCALS

Source: http://actnowpng.org/blog/cancel-all-seabed-mining-licences The risks and uncertainties of experimental seabed mining are too great to allow this industry to ever proceed in Papua New Guinea.    This was the view …

April 17, 2019

NGĀTI MUTUNGA AND CHATHAM ROCK PHOSPHATE SIGN AGREEMENT

Source: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1904/S00486/ngati-mutunga-and-chatham-rock-phosphate-sign-agreement.htm Chatham Rock Phosphate Limited (TSXV: “NZP” and NZAX: “CRP” or the “Company“) advises with great pleasure that today we executed an Information Sharing and Collaboration agreement with …

April 15, 2019

ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION EXPANDING MINERAL ASSET PORTFOLIO

Source: https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/04/15/1804044/0/en/Odyssey-Marine-Exploration-Expanding-Mineral-Asset-Portfolio.html  Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMEX), a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean exploration, entered into a share purchase agreement with Seabed Capital, LLC on April 9, 2019, …

April 15, 2019

VALUES NOT AS PROMINENT AS THEY SHOULD BE

Source: http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/environment/item/72467-values-not-as-prominent-as-they-should-be/72467-values-not-as-prominent-as-they-should-be Local environmental non-government organisations Te Ipukarea Society and Kōrero O Te ‘Ōrau recently paid for an independent legal opinion on the draft Seabed Minerals Bill 2019, which …

April 3, 2019

NAUTILUS MINERALS – CHANGE IN DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

Source: https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/04/03/1795931/0/en/Nautilus-Minerals-Change-in-directors-and-officers.html VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Nautilus Minerals Inc. (TSX:NUS, OTC:NUSMF Nasdaq Intl Designation) (the “Company” or “Nautilus”) announces that, effective March 29, 2019, four of …

April 3, 2019

NAUTILUS MINERALS KEEPS PNG DEEP SEA MINING LICENCE DESPITE DELISTING

Source: https://ramumine.wordpress.com/2019/04/06/nautilus-minerals-keeps-png-deep-sea-mining-licence-despite-delisting/ The government of Papua New Guinea says it has no plans to revoke the licence of Nautilus Minerals after it was announced the company will be delisted …

April 1, 2019

PNG SEABED MINING COMPANY DELISTED FROM STOCK EXCHANGE

Source: https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/386015/png-seabed-mining-company-delisted-from-stock-exchange The company behind a troubled deep sea mining project in Papua New Guinea has suffered another blow in its delisting from a major stock exchange. In recent …

March 30, 2019

LEGAL OPINION ON SEABED ‘GOLDRUSH’

Source: http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/environment/item/72315-legal-opinion-on-seabed-goldrush The first, and most theoretical, point outlined by CJ Iorns Magallanes in her review of the Seabed Minerals Bill 2019 is this: as humans, we have created …

March 19, 2019

CHINA’S RESEARCH SHIP DEPARTS FOR 54TH OCEAN EXPEDITION IN PACIFIC

Source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/19/c_137905406.htm BEIJING, March 18 (Xinhua) — China launched its 54th ocean expedition on Monday to conduct research on the oceanic resources and environment in the Pacific, according to …

March 18, 2019

EXPLORERS MOVE FORWARD AS GLOBAL PHOSPHATE APPETITE RISES

Source: https://investingnews.com/daily/resource-investing/agriculture-investing/phosphate-investing/explorers-move-forward-phosphate-appetite-rises/ The global phosphate market has been impacted by dwindling supply as a result of China cracking down on pollution and questionable mining practises, making it an ideal …

March 11, 2019

DEEPGREEN REVEALS HIGHER CLARION CLIPPERTON RESOURCE

Source: https://www.mining-journal.com/events-coverage/news/1358250/deepgreen-reveals-higher-clarion-clipperton-resource Marine resource developer DeepGreen has revealed a 51% increase in indicated and measured resources at the NORI area of its Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ) claims on the …

March 5, 2019

JAMAICA TO INVEST IN DEEP SEABED MINING

Source: https://antiguanewsroom.com/regional/jamaica-jamaica-to-invest-in-deep-seabed-mining/ The Jamaica government Monday said it is backing the island’s entry into the emerging industry of Deep Seabed Mining (DSM) through its sponsorship of Blue Minerals Jamaica …

March 4, 2019

JAPAN TO INTRODUCE OFFSHORE SANCTUARY SYSTEM TO PROTECT DEEP SEA MARINE LIFE

Source: https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190304/p2a/00m/0na/008000c TOKYO — The government is set to introduce an offshore sanctuary system to protect deep sea marine life through a legal revision to regulate deep ocean development, …

March 4, 2019

NGO COMMENTS ON COOK ISLANDS DRAFT SEABED MINING BILL

Source: http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/environment/item/72085-ngo-comments-on-draft-bill/72085-ngo-comments-on-draft-bill This week marks the deadline for submitting comments on the draft Seabed Minerals Bill 2019 before it is reviewed and tabled in Parliament.   Local non-profit organisation …

February 27, 2019

TONGA ELECTED COUNCIL VICE-PRESIDENT AT INTERNATIONAL SEABED AUTHORITY

Source: https://matangitonga.to/2019/02/27/tonga-elected-council-vice-president-int-l-seabed-authority Tonga has been elected as Council Vice-President for the Asia Pacific at the International Seabed Authority 25th Session held in Jamaica on February 25. Earth Negotiations Bulletin reported …

February 27, 2019

BELGIAN FAST-MOVING ‘CATERPILLAR’ IN DEEP SEA COPPER, COBALT RACE

Source: http://www.mining.com/web/belgian-fast-moving-caterpillar-deep-sea-copper-cobalt-race/ Belgian group DEME and Canada’s DeepGreen are carrying out tests and research to collect nodules containing copper, cobalt and other minerals from the ocean floor, as a …

February 26, 2019

SEABED MINING PROJECT IN PNG MOVES TO SELL ASSETS

Source: https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/383392/seabed-mining-project-in-png-moves-to-sell-assets A troubled deep sea mining project in Papua New Guinea is selling its assets while it fends off creditors. Nautilus Minerals was to mine the sea floor …

February 25, 2019

ANNUAL ISA COUNCIL SESSION OPENS IN KINGSTON WITH SPOTLIGHT ON DRAFT REGULATIONS FOR COMMERCIAL DEEP SEABED MINING

Source: https://www.isa.org.jm/es/node/18970 The 25th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) opened in Kingston, Jamaica, today with its gaze focused on the development of draft exploitation regulations for minerals in …

February 14, 2019

POTENTIAL FOR SEABED MINING IN OMAN’S EXTENDED CONTINENTAL SHELF

Source: http://www.omanobserver.om/potential-for-seabed-mining-in-omans-extended-continental-shelf/ An extension of Oman’s continental shelf, for which an application was made by the government to the United Nations two years ago, could potentially open up opportunities …

February 14, 2019

TONGA CAN BENEFIT FROM DEEP SEA RESOURCES

Source: https://matangitonga.to/2019/02/13/tonga-can-benefit-deep-sea-resources There’s a possibility that Tonga will be able to benefit from its deep sea resources because of the regime that has been established by the law of …

February 2, 2019

AFRICAN GROUP BUILDS CAPACITY FOR EFFECTIVE DEEP SEABED GOVERNANCE

Source: https://www.businessghana.com/site/news/general/181178/African-Group-builds-capacity-for-effective-Deep-Seabed-governance Africa Group delegation in seabed mining on Wednesday attended a workshop in Accra to discuss how to enrich the Deep Seabed Mining Policy for effective governance. Deliberations …

December 29, 2018

COOK ISLANDS GOVT CONSULTING ON NEW SEABED MINING BILL

Source: https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/379172/cook-islands-govt-consulting-on-new-seabed-mining-bill The Cook Islands government says it plans to start seabed mining exploration next year, as it looks to shore up support for new laws. The government’s Seabed …

December 26, 2018

TTR, OPPOSING GROUPS ALLOWED TO CHALLENGE HIGH COURT DECISION ON SEABED MINING

Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/109603867/ttr-opposing-groups-allowed-to-challenge-high-court-decision-on-seabed-mining Trans-Tasman Resources will be allowed to appeal the overturning of its seabed mining consent. Plus, the parties who successfully had the consent overturned will also be able …

December 24, 2018

TRANS-TASMAN RESOURCES GIVEN LEAVE TO APPEAL QUASHING OF SEABED MINING CONSENT

Source: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/environment/news/article.cfm?c_id=39&objectid=12182159 Trans-Tasman Resources has been given leave to appeal the overturning of its seabed mining consent. Leave was granted by the Court of Appeal last week, following an …

November 21, 2018

CALL FOR COOKS’ SEABED MINING LICENCES TO REQUIRE RISK RESEARCH

Source: https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/376426/call-for-cooks-seabed-mining-licences-to-require-risk-research The Cook Islands government must focus as much on the potential environmental risks of seabed mining as it does on the economic benefits, an environmental organisation says. …

November 20, 2018

DEEP SEA MINING ZONE HOSTS CARBON DIOXIDE-CONSUMING BACTERIA, SCIENTISTS DISCOVER

Source: https://phys.org/news/2018-11-deep-sea-zone-hosts-carbon.html Scientists have discovered that bacteria in the deepest parts of the seafloor are absorbing carbon dioxide and could be turning themselves into an additional food source for …

November 14, 2018

PNG DEEP SEA MINING PROJECT ANOTHER ‘FAILED INVESTMENT’, SAYS EX-MINISTER

Source: https://asiapacificreport.nz/2018/11/14/png-deep-sea-mining-project-another-failed-investment-says-ex-minister/ The controversial Nautilus Solwara 1 deep sea mining project has been accused of being another Papua New Guinean government “failed investment” on the verge of bankruptcy, claim campaigners …

November 14, 2018

CHINA PLUMBS OCEAN DEPTHS TO EXTEND ITS COBALT LEAD

Source: https://af.reuters.com/article/drcNews/idAFL8N1XN6JD LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – China, the leading holder of international deep sea exploration licences, has increased its lead in the race for alternative sources of battery …

November 12, 2018

CHINESE VESSEL COLLECTS COBALT SAMPLES IN THE PACIFIC: XINHUA

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-mining-cobalt/chinese-vessel-collects-cobalt-samples-in-the-pacific-xinhua-idUSKCN1NG0LV BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese deep-sea exploration vessel has returned to port in Guangdong after collecting samples of so-called cobalt-bearing crusts during a 138-day survey in the …

November 6, 2018

NEW SEABED MINERALS LAWS ON WAY

Source: http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/environment/item/71258-new-seabed-minerals-laws-on-way The Cook Islands government intends to table new legislation relating to seabed minerals activities in December. The announcement was greeted with surprise at a recent meeting, the …

October 31, 2018

THE TINY SPONGE THAT COULD HELP PRESERVE OUR DEEP OCEANS

Source: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2018/october/the-tiny-sponge-that-could-help-preserve-our-deep-oceans.html Scientists have collected data on a tiny sponge thought to be at risk from seabed mining. This newly discovered species could be a ‘canary in a …

October 17, 2018

CHINA COMPLETES DEEP-SEA RESEARCH MISSION IN MARIANA TRENCH

Source: https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d414d3149544f7a457a6333566d54/share_p.html A team comprising of 59 Chinese researchers returned Tuesday after completing a 54-day deep-sea research mission at Mariana Trench. During the expedition, researchers tested deep-sea equipment and …

October 16, 2018

BAN OIL, GAS, BOTTOM TRAWLING IN MARINE PROTECTED AREAS, CANADIAN NATIONAL ADVISORY PANEL URGES

Source: https://ipolitics.ca/2018/10/16/ban-oil-gas-bottom-trawling-in-marine-protected-areas-urges-panel/ A panel that has spent the year studying marine protected areas (MPAs) in Canada says no oil and gas development, seabed mining, or bottom-trawling fishing should be …

September 28, 2018

SECRETARY-GENERAL MICHAEL LODGE MAKES DEEP SEA MINING PRESENTATION AT HAMBURG BUSINESS CLUB

Source: https://www.isa.org.jm/news/secretary-general-michael-lodge-makes-deep-sea-mining-presentation-hamburg-business-club JAMAICA, Kingston ( 28 September 2018) – –  “Over the next few years, I believe there will be significant opportunities for public and private industrial cooperation in …

September 28, 2018

DEEP-SEA MINING FOR RARE-EARTH METALS LOOMS, AS DO ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTIONS

Source: https://www.bna.com/deepsea-mining-rareearth-n73014482856/ Once thought too expensive and too difficult, commercial scale mining of the deep sea is poised to become a reality as early as 2019. But scientists warn …

September 21, 2018

DISCOVERY OF VIBRANT DEEP-SEA LIFE PROMPTS NEW WORRIES OVER SEABED MINING

Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06771-w Deep in the eastern central Pacific Ocean, on a stretch of sea floor nearly as big as the continental United States, researchers are discovering species faster than …

September 21, 2018

THE BATTLE CONTINUES: TTR PLANS TO APPEAL SEABED MINING DECISION

Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/107289837/the-battle-continues-ttr-plans-to-appeal-seabed-mining-decision A mining company who has had their controversial consent to mine the seabed off South Taranaki denied for the second time has decided to appeal the High …

September 21, 2018

DEEP SEA ROBOTS REVEAL MINERAL RICHES IN THE ABYSS

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-norway-deep-sea-minerals/deep-sea-robots-reveal-mineral-riches-in-the-abyss-idUSKCN1M01SU BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) – From the safety of their research vessel, scientists are exploring one of Earth’s last frontiers – the sea floor – to discover more …

September 14, 2018

FUTUNA REJECTS SEABED EXPLORATION AND MINING

Source: https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/366461/futuna-rejects-seabed-exploration-and-mining The kingdoms on the French Pacific island of Futuna have ruled out allowing any work related to seabed mining in their waters, saying their stance is final. …

September 11, 2018

NPD DEEP SEA MINERALS SEARCH IDENTIFIES NEW TARGETS

Source: https://subseaworldnews.com/2018/09/11/npd-deep-sea-minerals-search-identifies-new-targets/ The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said it has identified a large area of sulphide minerals following a three-week data acquisition expedition on the Mohn’s ridge in the western part …

September 10, 2018

UN CONSIDERS GLOBALLY-MANAGED PROTECTED AREAS ON HIGH SEAS

Source: https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/un-considers-enforced-marine-protected-areas-on-high-seas On Monday, South Africa and other national participants in the UN high seas treaty talks raised the possibility of global enforcement mechanisms for marine protected areas (MPAs). The proposed …

September 5, 2018

CHATHAM ROCK PHOSPHATE RECOGNISES RARE EARTHS

Source: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1809/S00004/chatham-rock-phosphate-recognises-rare-earths.htm WELLINGTON New Zealand – Chatham Rock Phosphate Limited (TSXV: “NZP” and NZAX: “CRP” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has recently formed a 100% owned …

August 28, 2018

ENVIRONMENTALISTS WIN APPEAL AGAINST SEABED MINING DECISION

Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/106640389/environmentalists-win-appeal-against-seabed-mining-decision The South Taranaki Bight seabed mining decision was overturned because its method of environmental management was illegal, the High Court ruled. In August last year, Trans Tasman …

August 24, 2018

SEABED MINING THE NEXT FRONTIER AS DEEPGREEN TRAWLS PACIFIC FOR COPPER

Source: https://www.miningmx.com/top-story/34078-seabed-mining-the-next-frontier-as-deepgreen-trawls-pacific-for-copper/ DeepGreen Metals, which plans to extract copper, cobalt, zinc and manganese from the seabed in the Pacific Ocean, says it is making steady progress on its plan …

August 22, 2018

“WHALE TRACKS” FOUND IN AREAS TARGETED FOR DEEP-SEA MINING

Source: https://www.marinetechnologynews.com/news/whale-tracks-found-areas-563847 A series of depressions forming mysterious “tracks” on the seafloor may be an unprecedented record of deep-diving whales. The observations were made by an autonomous underwater vehicle …

August 20, 2018

ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION TO ACQUIRE OCEAN MINERAL PROJECT

Source: https://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/odyssey-marine-exploration-to-acquire-ocean-mineral-project-20180820-00331 TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMEX), a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean exploration, has entered into a letter of …

August 14, 2018

CHINA FINDS POLYMETALLIC SULPHIDE DEPOSITS IN INDIAN OCEAN

Source: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/china-finds-polymetallic-sulphide-deposits-in-indian-ocean/articleshow/65400113.cms China’s unmanned submersible Qianlong 2 achieved a new record for voyage length and working time during the country’s 49th ocean expedition which ended on Sunday, allowing scientists …

August 10, 2018

SEDIMENTATION RESEARCH HELPS DETERMINE EFFECTS OF SEABED MINING

Source: https://www.fondriest.com/news/sedimentation-research-helps-determine-effects-of-seabed-mining.htm Scientists from New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, NIWA, are engaging in sedimentation research to help determine the effects of seabed mining and fishing on …

August 9, 2018

NORWEGIAN PETROLEUM DIRECTORATE MAPS DEEP SEA MINERAL DEPOSITS

Source: http://www.npd.no/en/news/News/2018/Norwegian-Petroleum-Directorate-maps-deep-sea-mineral-deposits/ After the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy assumed administrative responsibility for mineral deposits on the continental shelf, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has been assigned the task …

August 7, 2018

NAUTILUS MINERALS ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF PRESIDENT AND CEO MICHAEL JOHNSTON

Source: http://www.nautilusminerals.com/irm/PDF/2053_0/NautilusMineralsannouncesdepartureofPresidentandCEOMichaelJohnston Nautilus Minerals Inc. (TSX:NUS, OTC:NUSMF Nasdaq Intl Designation) (the “Company” or “Nautilus) announces the departure of President and CEO Mike Johnston with immediate effect. Mr. Johnston will …

July 29, 2018

INDIA UNVEILS BILLION DOLLAR PROJECT FOR SEABED MINING

Source: https://sputniknews.com/asia/201808011066827761-india-seabed-mining/ A government report claims that 10% of recovery from the large reserve of 75,000 square kilometers in the Central Indian Ocean Basin can meet the energy requirement …

July 25, 2018

HURRY UP AND WAIT: BIG DECISIONS ON SEABED MINING REMAIN UNRESOLVED

Source: https://www.newsdeeply.com/oceans/articles/2018/07/25/hurry-up-and-wait-big-decisions-on-seabed-mining-remain-unresolved KINGSTON, JAMAICA – It felt like Groundhog Day at the International Seabed Authority last week. When delegates to the United Nations-chartered organization met for their annual meeting here, complex issues …

July 23, 2018

NAURU PARTNERS WITH DEEP SEA MINING COMPANY ON QUEST FOR SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Source: http://nauru-news.com/nauru-partners-deep-sea-mining-company-quest-sustainable-future/ The government of Nauru is going to new depths to build more revenue for the future of the country by joining a pioneering venture that could soon …

July 18, 2018

ROLLING-STOCK MAKER UNVEILS POWERFUL UNDERWATER MOBILE DEVICE

Source: http://www.ecns.cn/news/cns-wire/2018-07-18/detail-ifywhfmh2712117.shtml (ECNS) – China’s rolling-stock manufacturer CRRC announced a milestone in the development of deep-sea equipment as it unveiled the country’s most powerful remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in …

July 17, 2018

NAUTILUS’ STOCK PLUMMETS AS DEEP SEA MINING LITIGATION PROCEEDS

Source: https://ramumine.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/nautilus-stock-plummets-as-deep-sea-mining-litigation-proceeds/ Today Nautilus Minerals Solwara 1 deep sea mine project will be at the centre of a court hearing in Papua New Guinea as local communities seek to …