Deep-sea freeze or it’s Game Over


Deep-sea freeze or it's Game Over

Game Over

A retro computer game based on the original arcade “shoot-'em-up” Space Invaders has been launched by the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) as part of its campaign for deep-sea mining to be put on hold.

Game Over pits a deep-dwelling Dumbo octopus against the onslaught of deep-sea mining machinery – and at the end of the game players are encouraged to take action by emailing world leaders to enlist their support for a global moratorium on deep-sea mining activities.

The game, which can be found here, can be played on mobile platforms as well as online, with a competition for the highest scorer on the leaderboard.

The DSCC is an international grouping of more than 80 organisations that regard deep-sea mining as one of the greatest threats facing the long-term health of the ocean.

It warns that the International Seabed Authority has already issued exploration contracts for more than 500,000 sq miles of deep seabed, and that allowing these to be converted into exploitation licences would create the biggest mining operations ever undertaken in Earth’s history.

“This could cause widespread, irreversible harm, including ecosystem destruction, disruption of critical oceanic processes and could create additional negative impacts on commercial fisheries already under pressure,” says the coalition.

5 August 2020

The deep-sea environment, which makes up 90% of the ocean, is vital to life on the planet, especially in terms of carbon sequestration, argues the DSCC. It argue that the species it contains, many still undiscovered or poorly understood, are highly vulnerable, and that the biology and ecology of the deep sea is insufficiently understood for making informed decisions about mining it.

“Scuba divers, as ocean explorers and a strong global voice for ocean protection, have an opportunity to join marine biologists in calling for a moratorium on deep-sea mining, to allow time to gather more scientific information on deep-sea ecosystems and the potential impact of mining,” says the DSCC.



Get a weekly roundup of all Divernet news and articles 🤿

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Divernet Posts

Diver Magazine Relaunch

Diver magazine needs YOU!

Are you still lamenting the demise of Diver magazine? Well now you can help resurrect an icon as we seek to bring back the magazine

Turtles of Raja Ampat

Turtles of Raja Ampat

The Raja Ampat Creature Feature Series: Turtles Raja Ampat is the perfect diving location to find four of the seven ocean turtle species of the

manta ray and diver over reef in Komodo

Divers pitch into Komodo manta probe

Manta rays choose to stick around Indonesia’s Komodo National Park in unusually large numbers – and, according to a new diver-led study, this community could

female diver holding pair of Fourth Element Tech fins

Tech fins inspired by humpback whales

Whales provided the inspiration for optimising efficiency in Fourth Element’s latest fins, according to the Cornwall-based manufacturer. The “turbulence disruptors” on top of the blades

Last Breath portrait of Woody Harrelson

Woody dives into Last Breath remake

A new version of the British documentary-thriller that captured the imaginations of divers in 2019 is about to be previewed at the Cannes Film Festival.

Follow Divernet on Social Media