A manganese-crusted rock sample being grabbed from the Te Tukunga o Fakahotu dive site, just north of the Manihiki Plateau, near the Cook Islands. Photo: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin.

Cooks’ deep sea mining exploration will lead to impact assessment

Radio New Zealand | 23 November 2018

By offering tenders for deep sea exploration the environmental risks of extracting minerals from the seabed will be able to be assessed, the Cook Islands government says.

The government plans to open tenders for five-year, deep sea mining exploration licences at the beginning of next year.

And while there have been concerns raised about the environmental impact of deep sea mining, the Deputy Prime Minister, Mark Brown, said the exploration phase would have a very low impact.

Read the full article here: Cooks’ deep sea mining exploration will lead to impact assessment.

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