Whats New: 

July, 2019

SBM Act 2019

Read the Seabed Minerals Act 2019 here

May, 2019

Final draft SBM Bill  2019

The final draft of the SBM Bill 2019 is now available. Read more here
Summary report on the progress of the Bill is also available. Read here.

At-sea onboard placements for 1 candidate from a developing country

Nauru Ocean Resources Inc (NORI) in accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic nodules with the International Seabed Authority is offering at-sea on-board placements to two candidates (one from a developing nation and one from Nauru) interested in seafloor sampling and/or geotechnical work.


Apr, 2019

Seabed minerals sector update consultations completed

Mark Brown, Minister of minerals and natural resources has completed the last of his update consultations
after presenting to both Rakahanga and Manihiki. 

Mar, 2019

SBM Draft Bill 2019

Feedback is now being collated. Check back here for more updates.
Feedback period on the SBM Draft Bill is CLOSED
Read up on the SBM Draft Bill here

Jan, 2019

SBM Sector Draft Documents

Draft documents of the SBM Bill, Policy and Sector Plan can be found here


Insight into what's in our backyard...

The Cook Islands is a small, developing Pacific Islands nation that is increasingly viewing
itself as a “Large ocean state”. Like many Pacific Islands nations, the Cook Islands has
limited opportunities for sustainable economic growth and diversification. One of our
greatest natural resources has always been our ocean.

Forty years of ocean survey work suggests as much as 10 billion tonnes2 of mineral rich
manganese nodules are spread over some 750,000 square kilometers of Cook Islands
Continental Shelf. This SBM Resource offers a significant opportunity for the long term
sustainable economic and social development of the Cook Islands.

Read more on seabed minerals in the Cook Islands here.
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Seabed Minerals Bill

The Consultation Draft Bill is now available to the public for feedback. Please send in feedback by 6th February 2019.
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In Focus

The feedback period on the SBM Draft Bill has come to an end.

Stay tuned for the outcome of the feedback process.

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  • All media related to the CI seabed minerals sector can be found here.
  • Read up on what's happening in the sector.

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