SBM Sector Draft Documents
Draft documents of the SBM Bill, Policy and Sector Plan can be found here
Upcoming Seabed Minerals Consultations
You can find the Seabed Minerals Tentative Schedule for upcoming consultations here
News Release on the New Draft Seabed Minerals Bill
Read the media release here
Seabed Minerals Bill
The Consultation Draft Bill and Explanatory Note are now available to the public for feedback. Please send in feedback by 6th February 2019.
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.