- Papua New Guinea Site of World’s First Deep Sea Copper and Gold Mine
- University of Miami to Pay for Damages Caused to Reef
- Kauai Shark Attack Victim Becomes Shark Advocate
Canadian mining firm Nautilus Minerals has been granted a 20-year license by the government of Papua New Guinea to mine an area of over 200,000 square miles for copper and gold, which ore extractions have shown to be of a high grade. A mining operation of this nature is unprecedented, with no insights as to what the impact on the deep sea environment will be. A coalition of environmental groups are opposing the operation through the Deep Sea Mining campaign, expressing concern that this license is just the first of many that will be approved in Papua New Guinea, Tonga, New Zealand, and Fiji, with no regulations in place to monitor the activities.
A 96-foot catamaran that serves as a research vessel for the University of Miami ran aground in October of 2007 on a reef in Biscayne National Park, where it remained until it was pulled back out to sea with the rising tide, causing extensive damage to corals. A settlement of $482,000 has been reached which, according to a post on the US Justice Department’s website, will be paid partially or in full by the University’s insurance company. The agreement is subject to a 30-day public comment period, followed by an approval by the federal government before the agreement is final and binding.
A Kauai man who was body boarding on the west side of the island 15 years ago was bitten by a tiger shark, resulting in the loss of part of his right leg. Today, Mike Coots serves as a vocal advocate for shark conservation, prosthetic leg and all. His determination to end shark finning and create stricter laws for fishing have taken him to Washington DC to meet with lawmakers, lobbying for further protections in spite of their inherent danger to humans. A special on Coots and other shark attack survivors who have become shark advocates called “Shark Fight” will air Wednesday, August 8 on the Discovery Channel.