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In this time of converging biodiversity and climate crises, protecting the ocean – our planet’s life support system – is more critical than ever.

The DSCC is calling for urgent action to protect the deep sea from destructive fisheries and the emerging industry of deep-sea mining. Find out some of the ways you can help below:

STOPPING DEEP-SEA MINING

This is what you can do to take action against deep-sea mining:

  • Help us call on governments to stand with the science, make their voice heard at ISA meetings, and support a moratorium on deep-sea mining by contacting your country’s political decision-makers via defendthedeep.org.
  • Become a conscientious consumer by supporting a circular economy, educating yourself, joining campaigns and protests, and taking action in your community to protect the deep sea. 
  • If you’re a member of an Indigenous group, you can sign this petition calling for a ban on deep-sea mining.
  • If you belong to the private sector, endorse the call for a moratorium and commit to not source minerals from the deep or finance deep-sea mining activities by joining the business coalition here.
  • If you’re a marine scientist or policy expert, add your name to the Marine Expert Statement Calling for a Pause to Deep-Sea Mining here.

Sign the Only One petition urging governments at the ISA to say no to deep-sea mining.

PROTECTING SEAMOUNTS

This is what you can do to take action on deep-sea fisheries:

  • Join us in calling on the New Zealand government to ban bottom trawling on seamounts and similar deep-sea features, and to stop issuing permits for bottom trawling in international waters. Sign the petition here.
  • Help us put pressure on the European Union (EU) to effectively implement the EU deep-sea fisheries regulation adopted in 2016, and urge all EU Member States to protect deep-sea ecosystems from the harmful impacts of bottom fishing within their national waters. You can call on European Union governments to ban bottom trawling in marine protected areas and inshore zones by signing this petition. 

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