The deep sea is a place of myth and mystery, filled with weird and wonderful life forms, and vital to the survival of our planet.
But now, this mostly unknown world is facing large-scale industrial exploitation – as mining of the deep seabed for minerals fast becomes reality.
This emerging industry, facilitated by advances in technology, poses a major threat to our oceans, which are already suffering from a number of pressures including overfishing, pollution, and the effects of climate change.
Oceans in the Balance
Our oceans hang in the balance. On top of the existing threats of overfishing, destructive fishing, climate change and pollution, our oceans could face the potentially devastating impacts of deep seabed mining at an industrial scale as soon as 2016, when the first mining operations are expected to commence. All countries in favour of high seas protection must now join forces and act together for healthy oceans and the millions of people that depend on them.
Act now to protect the world's oceans
Please add your voice to the growing movement of people who are calling on the world's governments to rescue our oceans, by signing the Greenpeace Petition in support of a global network of marine reserves.
Sign our petition demanding Marine Reserves!