Saturday, April 20, 2024

Help Support A Moratorium On Deep-Sea Mining


A recently launched campaign aims to support a moratorium on deep-sea mining activities.

At this point, the effect of deep-sea mining on the marine ecosystem, which supports life on earth, is still not fully understood. To add insult to injury, the mining industry has a long and distinguished history of obliterating forests, poisoning rivers and water tables as well as and displacing voiceless humans.

The launch of deep-sea mining in earnest would dwarf all mining operations in the history of humanity. And yet would take place in an area that is difficult to observe and properly study its effects.

Deep-sea mining is governed by the UN’s International Seabed Authority (ISA), which is supposed to protect the deep sea bed but has given 31 exploration licenses so far. More often than not, the organization has prioritized the interests of industry over that of protecting the ocean. That’s why concerned citizens worldwide are seeking a moratorium on deep-sea ming activities.

You can find out more and add your name to the official letter here.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for