Stakeholder consultation on seabed mining

Source: DG MARE

Why this consultation?

Observations

  • Rapid expansion in the capabilities of underwater technology
  • Concerns about a sustainable supply of raw materials for industry

Possible consequences

  • 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.

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