The United Kingdom calls for a moratorium on deep-sea mining

Matěj Moleš
Matěj Moleš

We're excited to share a major development from the deep sea: The United Kingdom has called for a moratorium on deep-sea mining! With this move, the U.K. joins a growing cohort of 23 countries that oppose this risky practice.

On Monday, the U.K. government called for a moratorium on supporting or sponsoring exploitation licenses for seabed metal mining until sufficient scientific evidence is available to fully understand the impact on marine ecosystems. 

The announcement to support a moratorium on deep-sea mining emerged as world leaders gather this week in Jamaica for the International Seabed Authority’s (ISA) Council negotiations. They will continue discussions on some of the crucial issues around deep-sea mining, including the revision of the “two-year” loophole that allows countries to apply for mining licenses even in the absence of strong regulations. 

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Matěj Moleš

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Born in the snowy Czech mountains, Matěj’s thirst for knowledge brought him to sunny South Africa. Equipped with political savvy, oceanic wisdom, and a surfboard, catch him in the water hanging ten/on for dear life, smiling either way.

Cape Town, South Africa

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