CITES is the 1973 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, to which 175 nations are signatories. Along with the IUCN Red List, it’s one of the main ways that the international conservation status of a species is recognised (IUCN) and regulated (CITES). The main mechanism for this at CITES is through listing of a . . . → Read More: Will marine conservation miss out at the next CITES meeting?
My colleagues Dr. Bruce Carlson – recently retired – and Marj Awai were the first folks to successfully collect chambered nautilus for display in public aquariums and then breed them. Bruce has now put together a short video documenting that project over its nearly 20 year history. As I watched it, I couldnt help but . . . → Read More: Baby Nautilus, is there anything cuter?
In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Van Dover compared the deep sea to America’s Wild West and cautioned that wildlife losses could be similar if mining companies and the International Seabed Authority — the regulatory agency in charge of the ocean’s mineral resources — fail to establish environmentally sound mining practices before deep-sea exploitation . . . → Read More: Deep-Sea Mining is Coming
On the one hand, you have China’s brand-spanking new Jialong submersible capable of reaching 7000 meters depth, 500 meters deeper than its nearest competitor, representing an amazing tool for unraveling the secrets of the wonderous deep. On the other hand, you have China’s move to mine to sulphide deposits hydrothermal vents in international waters. In . . . → Read More: China and the deep sea
[PNG] landowners will ask the [courts] to stop any deep-sea mining in the area until the current mining laws governing sacred fishing grounds are properly interpreted…Paka said villagers, who used the ocean area to be mined for food, had not been consulted, simply because the Mining Act was not clear on the sea aspect. via . . . → Read More: Villagers give notice on deep sea mining
This is from via ABC Radio Australia News…Delay as Canadian firm seeks PNG mining licence The Papua New Guinea government has delayed granting a Canadian mining company, Nautilus Minerals, an undersea mining licence because of disagreements over conditions of the licence.
Nautilus Mining is the virus that will not go away. You have to admire their persistence if it did not come with destruction of deep-sea ecosystems. Nautilus Minerals estimated in a September 2009 corporate presentation that “thousands of underwater sulphide systems [hydrothermal vents] exist,” and “if only half of underwater systems are geographically viable, seafloor . . . → Read More: Tapping the Oceans Mineral Wealth With Deep Sea Mining
Deep-sea mining as been our radar for awhile. Now it’s on NYT’s Green Blog. Put it on yours. The Chinese government announces plans for deep-sea mining; it will seek copper, nickel and cobalt 5,000 feet down in international waters. Prior DSN posts about mining the seafloor NIOT will starts the next phase of fields trials . . . → Read More: On Our Radar: Deep-Sea Mining
Nautilus CEO: Hello Official Representative of Teck Cominco Limited: This is —-, I have some good news and some bad news. CEO: Good news first Rep: We’ve had some good times together, a great relationship. I’ve really enjoyed that CEO: Yeah remember that time in PNG… Rep: Uhhh, yeah…but umm…I really need to tell you . . . → Read More: Excuse me sir there is a call
Rick at MBSL&S and the Southern Fried Scientist (mmm…chicken fried steak) beat me to the punch on this but that does take away from the moment. Nautilus (you can see this post on the company and their operations) according to press release announces it has decided to adopt a more cautious strategy and to preserve . . . → Read More: A Brief Pardon for the PNG Deep