Applaud EPA for Rejecting Seabed Mining

Near Chatham Rise, ChristChurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

Target: Kerry Prendergast, Chair of the Environmental Protection Authority of New Zealand

Goal: Support the decision to protect marine wildlife from invasive seabed mining practices.

An application to mine the seabed for phosphates has officially been rejected because of the potential harm to the environment and wildlife. Seabed mining is like an opencast mine operation in the ocean. The process would destroy all life within the sensitive layers of sand as well as impact the surrounding sea area for decades. Thank the Chair of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for rejecting this destructive seabed mining operation.

Located off the coast of New Zealand, the Chatham Rise is important to the country’s fishing industry but has been getting a lot of attention from seabed mining companies. Chatham Rock Phosphate hoped to extract 1.5 million tons of phosphate nodules annually from the Chatham Rise. However, the EPA rejected this mining request–the second denied request for mining in this area. The Authority has made it clear that the Chatham Rise will be protected from damaging mining practices.

Seabed mining is still an experimental operation. The mining process would dredge sand and lift material to retrieve the phosphates. It would impact adjacent areas away from the mining blocks because of sediment deposition. Stony corals would be destroyed, and giant sediment plumes would be inevitable from the process, causing cloudiness in the water that would deprive marine life of precious sunlight.

The Chatham Rise is home to New Zealand’s endemic marine species. Fish, whales, and seabirds rely on this area for life. Seabed mining the Chatham Rise would ultimately result in a dead-zone. By signing this petition, you are thanking the Chair of the Environmental Protection Authority of New Zealand for denying mining requests in this coveted aquatic area.


Dear Ms. Prendergast,

The Chatham Rise is a coveted zone for New Zealand’s fishing industry as well as a crucial area for the country’s marine life. However, the mining company of Chatham Rock Phosphate wanted to destroy the seabed of the Chatham Rise for the mining of phosphate. This mining operation would have created a dead-zone in the ocean, killing marine plants and wildlife. However, thanks to the EPA, the Chatham Rise is protected from this devastating mining practice. I want to thank you for your progressive decision to protect endemic wildlife.

Deep sea corals, whales, fish, birds, and other marine life would have suffered from this operation. Seabed mining creates an opencast mine underwater, destroying all life on the seafloor and negatively impacting the surrounding ocean area through the intrusion of a suffocating sediment plume.

I applaud you for rejecting Chatham Rock Phosphate’s proposal. I hope you will continue to fight for New Zealand’s natural areas. I know this company will continue to fight to mine this area of seafloor. Please stand your ground and keep the Chatham Rise protected from seabed mining.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Jocelyn Kinghorn  via Flickr

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  1. Cynthia dsouza says:

    Stop stop destroy nature

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