Posted by Vic Albon | First Choice, New Zealand
Proposed Seabed mining not far off Taranaki, which is situated on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand.
This proposal is by the company Trans Tasman Resources Limited who wish to trench mine and pump the slurried seabed floor up to a surface vessel where it is to be filtered to extract its iron content for offloading to a barge for dispatch. The remaining material is then to be dumped back on the sea floor. This activity is to take place in an area of ocean that is almost constantly turbulent often with very big swells. It is also the only home of the last remaining Maui dolphins (approximately only 55 of these unique dolphins are left in the world) so this disturbance to the sea floor will particularly affect them.
KASM (Kiwis Against Seabed Mining) are an active group opposing this proposal and they have my support.
The Environmental Protection Society will be hearing our submissions very soon - from February 2017, and I wondered if you could offer any information about the impacts of similar processes that you or your contacts may know of.
I apologise for the short notice, but I have only just discovered the great ocean protection/restoration work with which you are involved .