New animation illustrates the stark reality of seabed mining impact

New animation illustrates the stark reality of seabed mining impact

Since 2015 the Safeguard our Seabed Coalition, of which the Responsible Fisheries Alliance is a member, has been pursuing a moratorium on marine phosphate mining in South Africa. Mining for marine phosphates entails crushing and sucking up the top several metres of the seabed to extract phosphate. The remaining sediments are released back into the water in a large plume that can smother larger areas. This type of mining is entirely untested and it is difficult to imagine the extent of its destructive impact.

The Safeguard our Seabed Coalition, together with Green House Cartoons, has developed an animation that highlights the value, beauty and fragility of our marine environment, and also conveys the stark warnings outlined by independent environmental and socio-economic assessments: marine phosphate mining poses major risks to seabed ecosystems and our long-established, renewable fishing industry.

Despite these risks, and after almost three years of advocacy, the Department of Mineral Resources has not responded to our call for a strategic environmental assessment in relation to marine phosphate mining, or taken any steps towards establishing a moratorium pending a strategic enquiry into this destructive activity.

Visit the Safeguard our Seabed microsite to find out more about the Safeguard our Seabed Coalition and the socio-economic and environmental impacts of marine phosphate mining. You can also view this innovative new animation here.