The time to ban seabed mining is now

Dear friends and neighbors, We often enact laws to correct or eliminate activities that are causing harm. What’s even better is when we can address a problem before it can even become a problem. That’s the case with my legislation to ban seabed mining, a growing industry that ravages natural habitat to extract minerals and deposits from the ocean floor. Simply put, seabed mining sucks up the ocean floor to capture metals, minerals and gemstones. This gouges the seabed, creating plumes of sediment that resettle in surrounding areas and can smother deep sea vents. The threat to marine life is obvious — locally we could see serious disruption to crabbing, fishing and shellfish. But the risks extend as well to scientific progress ...

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