Tin mining of seabeds off Indonesia threatens fishing and the environment

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  • South China Morning Post published this video item, entitled “Tin mining of seabeds off Indonesia threatens fishing and the environment” – below is their description.

    From the shores of Indonesia’s Bangka Island, miners head out by boat to wooden pontoons equipped to dredge the seabed for tin ore. Indonesia is the world’s biggest exporter of tin, which is used for everything from food packaging to electronics and even some green technologies. Land-based deposits of the ore in the mining hub of Bangka-Belitung province have already been heavily exploited, leaving parts of the islands off the coast of Sumatra resembling a lunar landscape with large craters and highly acidic, turquoise lakes. Now miners are turning to the sea in search of tin, in a practice that has angered local fishermen, who complain about reduced catches. Land-based tin mining is already linked to pollution and damage to forests on the island of Bangka.

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    Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a transcontinental country in Southeast Asia and Oceania, between the Indian and Pacific oceans. It consists of more than seventeen thousand islands, including Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi, and New Guinea. Jakarta is the capital.

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