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South Africa: Alarm At Seabed Destruction From SA Phosphate Mining

Photograph: Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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For Those Who think about fish as birds of the ocean, they fly via forests and over fields which grow within the rich soil of the continental shelf. Just as on land, it can be Earth teeming with roots and creatures that kind the base of the ocean’s food web and upon which its health is dependent. Round South Africa’s coasts, that might quickly trade writes DON PINNOCK.

The Division of Mineral Instruments has granted three prospecting rights over huge areas of the sea floor that would sign the beginning of a mining course of to grind up the seabed to extract phosphate. The ensuing sediment can be dumped back into the water column as liquid “dust”, posing a risk to ocean ecosystems, fish and fisheries. What it would do to the seabed is sort of unattainable.

The licences duvet 150,000km2 inside South Africa’s western and southern Unique Economic Zone and were awarded to Green Flash Trading 251, Green Flash Trading 257 and Diamond Fields World.

A map presentations the three marine prospecting rights on the sea flooring.

The proposed fishing and mining areas.

Research commissioned via the Guard our Seabed Coalition (SOSC), an alliance of non-governmental companies, has warned that marine phosphate mining “would have severe…

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