Pacific warned against being exploited by seabed miners

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ABC News | 21 September 2016

Researchers are warning that the Pacific risks becoming an experimental test centre for seabed mining if regional nations don’t adopt proper policies.

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The potential impacts of seabed mining are not fully known but concerns have been raised about damage to fish stocks and marine ecosystems.

PNG Centre for Climate Change and Sustainable Development Director, Professor Chalapan Kaluwin has told the Pacific Islands University Research Network meeting in Samoa that seabed mining in places like Papua New Guinea shouldn’t go ahead until proper checks have been put in place.

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