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Deep Sea Mining from a Pacific Island State Perspective: An Interview with Cook Islands Seabed Minerals Commissioner Paul Lynch

Since August 2012, Paul Lynch has led the Cook Islands’ Seabed Minerals Authority, which oversees development of the islands’ national seabed mineral resource. A lawyer with over 25 years of wide and varied legal experience in the private sector, Commissioner Lynch is shaping deep sea mining as an industry, both in the Cook Islands and […]

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Cook Islands Partners to Explore Pacific Bounty

The government of the Cook Islands, through the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC), entered into an agreement in September with U.S. based Ocean Minerals, LLC (OML) for the exclusive right for up to 18 months to prospect and explore high value polymetallic nodules over approximately 23,000 square kilometers of the Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone […]

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environmental cost

Environmental cost will likely stop Cooks’ seabed mining

RADIO NEW ZEALAND | 15 November 2017 “The Cook Islands’ Seabed Minerals Authority Commissioner Paul Lynch said the country’s Seabed Minerals Act ensured a careful, steady approach to any potential exploration or mining. He said the act was the world’s first, dedicated national legislation to control seabed minerals activities. Mr Lynch said criticism, based on […]

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Cook Islands seabed minerals deal

Cook Islands signs seabed minerals deal

RASHNEEL KUMAR on COOK ISLANDS NEWS | 3 October 2017 “In a deal worth $100,000, OML has reserved around 23,000 square kilometres, or 1.2% of the Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) containing high value polymetallic (manganese) nodules for up to 18 months. This gives the company the exclusive right to apply to undertake prospecting […]

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Cook Islands seabed minerals deal

Cook Islands Signs Seabed Minerals Deal

Rarotonga, Cook Islands, September 29, 2017 – Ocean Minerals, LLC (OML) and the government of the Cook Islands, through the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC), have entered into an Agreement that will reserve approximately 23,000 square kilometres within the Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) containing high value polymetallic nodules for up to 18 months to […]

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