The seabed is not for mining
Unless we act, mining could soon begin in the most fragile ecosystem on the planet: the deep seabed.
Canada must join global calls for a moratorium on deep seabed mining now.
year before mining could become a reality
exploration licences already granted worldwide
What is deep sea mining?
Deep sea hydrothermal vents, seamount crusts, and polymetallic nodules are biodiverse habitats that will be destroyed if mined, leading to widespread loss of unique deep sea species.
Canadian mining companies are racing to mine the deep seabed. And the Canadian government is letting it happen.
"Deep sea mining will be devastating for the people of our region whose livelihoods, food security, ways of life, and very identity are intimately connected to the ocean.”
– Dr. Claire Slatter, Pacific Blue Line Collective & DAWN
"We have … to create the legal framework to stop the high seas mining…and not to allow new activities that can endanger these ecosystems.”
– Emmanuel Macron, President of France
"This area contains some of the least understood eco-systems on the planet...Deep sea mining could cause irreversible changes to this environment and have a significant impact on its biodiversity."
– Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aotearoa New Zeland
"We must act and make bold decisions so that we protect our planet. We say that the earth has two lungs -- one is blue and one is green. What are we doing to protect them?"
– Jonathan Mesulum, Coordinator for the Alliance of Solwara Warriors in Papua New Guinea
“The one thing that the science is telling us, is that the impacts of mining the deep sea would be extensive, severe, and last for generations."
– Natalie Lowrey, Deep Sea Mining Campaign
Canada Declares it will not Support Proposals to Mine the Deep Seabed until Robust Regulations are in Place
Ottawa, ON – Today Canada declared that it will not support permits to mine the deep seabed until rigorous and effective regulations are in place to provide “effective protection of the marine environment.” Meetings began in Jamaica today at the International Seabed...
Bad news mounts for the floundering would-be mining company The Metals Company (TMC) with The Wall Street Journal reporting the divestment of Danish shipping company Maersk. This follows the divestment last December by Norway’s largest private asset...
Minister Wilkinson of Natural Resources and Minister Murray of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard issued a statement today on seabed mining that fails to align Canada with global calls for a moratorium on seabed mining in international waters. Canada’s...