EU Public Consultation on Seabed Mining
17th March - 6th Jun 2014
Closing date: 6th June, 2014
Why this consultation?
- Rapid expansion in the capabilities of underwater technology
- Concerns about a sustainable supply of raw materials for industry
- Existing extraction activities from seas and oceans, largely in shallow water, could increase
- Mining activities in deeper water could begin
Objective of this consultation
This consultation aims to gather opinions concerning these developments in order to help the EU develop its position.
The consultation distinguishes the following classes of extraction:
shallow water aggregates mining; shallow water mining of higher value materials (gold, diamonds, heavy minerals, iron ore); deep sea mining (high value metals and minerals).