Deep Sea Mining

Deep sea mining is a nascent, highly-destructive extractive industry that is on the cusp of launching into the global oceans. We now face a once in a generation opportunity to stop an industry from gaining a foothold and ravaging one of the last biodiverse boundaries - the ocean floor, covering over half the surface of the planet.

Trachymedusa Deep Sea Animal

© Solvin Zankl / Greenpeace

Imagine the impact Greenpeace would have had if it could go back in time and stop offshore drilling at the dawn of the oil age. Imagine preventing the ongoing climate crisis, as well as countless oil spills and leaks. The Stop Deep Sea Mining (DSM) campaign has the potential to get ahead of a new extractive industry: stopping it before it can ever cause widespread harm to people and planet.

A handful of companies, all headquartered in the Global North, are gearing up to start deep sea mining in the international seabed of the Pacific Ocean. Wondrous deep sea species we’re only beginning to understand could be lost forever; carbon sinks and storage could be disturbed; and fisheries and coral reefs that are central to Pacific communities’ ways of life could be impacted. Deep sea mining companies haven’t got permission to start mining from governments yet – but they are using every trick in the book and colluding with the so-called regulator, the shady International Seabed Authority (ISA), to get the greenlight in July 2023.

We want to stop this industry so that it never starts

Protecting the largest ecosystem on the planet, facing down the newest frontier of neo-colonial extractivism, and challenging techno-fix greenwash that tries to justify destruction for the profit of a few.