Final draft SBM Bill 2019
The final draft of the SBM Bill 2019 is now available. Read more here.
At-sea onboard placements for 1 candidate from a developing country
Summary report on the progress of the Bill is also available. Read here.
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.
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.
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
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
Read more on seabed minerals in the Cook Islands here.
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.