Our ocean provides livelihoods, food security, cultural and spiritual connections for millions of people.
Companies in partnership with some states are aggressively pursuing deep sea mining across the Pacific region. This is characterised by a lack of transparency, vested interests, and not adhering to the principles of free, prior and informed consent and the precautionary principle.
Over the last decade, these commercial actors have rapidly created machines for extracting minerals and metals from the deep seabed. But they have done so in the absence of research, regulations, environmental protections, and civil society consent. Financing, engineering, and public relations have been allowed to outrun science, law, community rights and policy.
Since 2011 the Deep Sea Mining Campaign (DSMC) has been campaigning against deep sea mining. To this end, we pursue an intersecting three-part campaign strategy to prevent irreversible damage to oceans by stopping deep sea mining before it starts
we undertake science-based advocacy
We use science advocacy to compile and amplify high-quality research. Through this research, we highlight the environmental, social, and economic risks posed by seabed mining whilst aiming to promote evidence-based alternatives. Read more
we engage in finance advocacy
We use finance advocacy to provide investors with resources to safeguard their financial and reputational interests. Through research, engagement and advocacy we highlight the realities and risks of the deep sea mining industry in not meeting Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria or compliance. Read more
We act in solidarity
We take our cue from the activism and leadership of Indigenous Peoples and coastal communities across the Pacific who are calling for no deep sea mining. We act in strategic and collaborative solidarity with regional and international partners. Read more