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Invitation to participate in public consultation on seabed mining

Today commercial scale seabed mining operations are limited to shallow water.

  • Most of this concerns the extraction of aggregates - sand and gravel - for the construction industry and for nourishing beaches.
  • Other material extracted from shallow water down to about 500 metres depth includes tin, phosphates, iron ore and diamonds. 

The technologies involved include dredging, vacuum pumps and Remotely Operated Vehicles.

Deep seabed mining has been arousing interest since the 1960s but no commercial mining activity has yet begun. However, in the last decade interest has increased.

The European Commission has therefore launched this consultation that considers both shallow and deep seabed mining. Interested parties can contribute to the survey 'seabed_mining' which will be available at this url:

http://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/invited/748/5c662bee-defe-4644-9673-6e7303c31a97

More information is available here:
http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/maritimeaffairs_fisheries/consultations/seabed-mining/index_en.htm