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Deep sea deposits prompt rethink of Vanuatu's minerals policy

Deep sea deposits prompt rethink of Vanuatu's minerals policy

Updated 23 October 2014, 10:25 AEDT

A national consultation has begun in Vanuatu on a draft Deep Sea Minerals Policy.

It comes in the wake of past surveys that found massive sulphide desposits on the seafloor within Vanuatu's exclusive economic zone.

Such deposits could contain significant quantities of copper, gold, zinc and silver, and that would present a significant economic opportunity, but only says the Secretariat of the Pacific Community if deep sea mining is properly conducted.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Akuila Tawake, Deep Sea Minerals project team leader, Secretariat of the Pacific Community

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