Today commercial scale seabed mining operations are limited to shallow water.
- Most of this concerns the extraction of aggregates – sand and gravel – for the construction industry and for nourishing beaches.
- Other material extracted from shallow water down to about 500 metres depth includes tin, phosphates, iron ore and diamonds.
The European Commission has therefore launched this consultation that considers both shallow and deep seabed mining
We thereore invite you to contribute to the survey ‘seabed_mining’ which will be available at this url:
More information is available here