Cook Islands Seabed Minerals Authority
Runanga Takere Moana

Sector

SBM activity in the Cook Islands


 
 

 Phases of seabed mineral activity


Exploration in the Manihiki Plateau.

Exploration in the Manihiki Plateau.

prospecting

Prospecting is often the very first stage in the search for mineral deposits. It includes low impact work to search for mineral deposits in a permitted area.

This can include mapping, taking nodule samples and surveying the seabed.

 
 

 
 

exploration

Exploration involves more detailed search for and assessment of mineral resources including data gathering over smaller, more specific areas to test if the resource is commercially viable.

Remotely Operated Vehicle and underwater operations.

Remotely Operated Vehicle and underwater operations.

 
 

 
 
Cook Islands EEZ

Cook Islands EEZ

exploitation

If a resource discovered during the exploration phase is considered commercially viable, operators will begin the process to commercially extract minerals.

 
 

 

Last updated: 3 May 2019