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Seafloor P mining in Namibia: “Fishing Sector Opposes Marine Phosphate Mine”

March 13, 2012

One of the intriguing dimensions of assessing the magnitude of P resources from mining is the possibility of political resistance in developing an identified P resource.  Since political opposition and regulatory barriers come into play in whether or not an identified P resource should, or should not, be considered part of the “reserves”, this matter is not trivial.  Many recent studies have identified seafloor P deposits as a possible source of future P.  But, of course, such extraction would be costly, monetarily and environmentally.  Because of the latter, political opposition seems likely.  And, indeed, such is appearing to be the case for seabed P mining and Namibia.  LINK

“We consider that the NMP’s mining license is a serious threat to the fishing industry without a rigorous {Environmental Impact Assessment] based on well-researched data”, stated Bernhard Esau the Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister when he addressed NCFA on Wednesday.”

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