The Wealth from Oceans Flagship at the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) released a new report on seafloor mining Friday. The story follows on the heels of controversy about the environmental impacts of seafloor mining. Australia’s EEZ is rich in submerged minerals.
According to the project leader, CSIRO’s Dr Joanna Parr, the message from industry, the scientific community, governments and the social sector is clear: “This is an exciting and challenging field. All parties realise that much work would be needed to build a socially, environmentally and economically acceptable foundation on which to develop seafloor exploration and mining operations in Australia.”
The Marine Campaign Coordinator of … Australian Conservation Foundation, Chris Smyth, says knowledge and capacity building, community engagement, institutional and legislative reform are essential if Australia is to adequately protect its oceans and ensure their ecologically sustainable use. “If our governments fail to deliver on these, then the future of Australia’s oceans is grim”.
A copy of the report called “Exploring the social dimensions of Australia’s seafloor exploration and mining industry” is available at CSIRO website here.