This is yet another example of National’s disregard for our treasured places, along with permitting drilling and seismic testing in the Maui’s dolphin sanctuary, and logging and mining in our conservation estate
I don’t see eye to eye with the deep sea fishing industry on many things, having personally seen the havoc bottom trawling wreaks on the ocean floor, but one thing I do agree with them on is the issue of seabed phosphate mining.
“New Zealand’s future lies in protecting the environment that is the basis for our prosperity.”
Resource constraints are driving companies to the ends of the world and the bottom of the oceans in their search for resources and energy. It seems that the bottom of the barrel is their new frontier.