Friday, July 19, 2024

French Polynesia Looks To Ban Seabed Mining

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French Polynesia is looking to ban seabed mining in its waters.

Forty three members of the terroritory’s Council for the Economy, Society, Environment and Culture voted in favor of the motion, according to a post on the Radio New Zealand website.

Heremoana Maamaatuaiahutapu, the French Pacific territory’s marine resources minister, told a local TV station:

“Kiribati, Nauru and the Cook Islands are already engaged in an exploration process. We need to convince our cousins of the Pacific to stop this craziness. We are the first country member of the Forum to take this resolution on, I must say, the exploration of the seabed.”

The territory’s Exclusive Economic Zone spans more than 4.7 million square kilometers (1.8 million square miles), nearly half of all of France’s total claimed EEZ.

 

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John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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