Pacific Deep Sea Minerals Scientific Research Guidelines

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The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)  and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) of New Zealand have drafted ‘Regional Guidelines for Deep Sea Minerals Scientific Research’.

Please use this link:

This document has been written for Pacific Island countries and territories to use to develop their respective national marine science guidelines and/or regulations. It is aimed to ensure that marine scientific research, prospecting and exploration activities relating to deep sea minerals research within national jurisdiction is performed in accordance with international standards and best practice.

The document contains two parts:

1)      Regulatory guidelines  – The risk profile and applicable international law requirements for DSM research.
2)      Scientific guidelines – core scientific requirements, aspects of fundamental survey design, to establish a baseline set of data, emphasising what aspects and factors needs to be included, and how (and with what) they should be measured.

Accordingly, we are seeking comments on this document to optimise its usability.
Please send comments to by the 18th September 2015.

This document is part of a set of frameworks produced by the SPC-EU Deep Sea Minerals Project which includes:

1)      Regional Legislative and Regulatory Framework (published 2012-available here:
2)      Regional Financial Framework (first draft being finalised and will be available for review shortly)
3)      Regional Environmental Management Framework (first draft being finalised and will be available for review shortly)

For more information on the SPC-EU Deep Sea Minerals Project please visit our website

Thank you for your time. I look forward to receiving your productive comments.

Kind Regards,
Alison Swaddling
Deep Sea Minerals Environment Advisor | Éco-Conseillère Secretariat of the Pacific Community | Secrétariat général de la Communauté du Pacifique
241 Mead Road | Nabua, Suva | Fiji
Tel: (697) 324 9243 |  Email: | Web:

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