A visitor who says he overheard two conversations last week between a group of Americans as to how they could best take advantage of seabed mining in the Cook Islands, says he was so disturbed by the conversations, he decided to go public with them.
At a public consultation in Titikaveka last week, there was backlash to government’s plan to issue foreign companies five-year licences to explore the Cook Islands’ seabed.
Discussions and field trips involving the biological control of economically and environmentally important weeds in the Cook Islands, were held at the Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday and Thursday.
A Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) maritime surveillance aircraft has been based at Rarotonga International Airport for a week, flying patrols in the Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone.
Extensive environmental investigations into the state of Muri Lagoon by the Mei Te Vai Ki Te Vai project team have confirmed that nutrients from on-site wastewater systems are harming the sensitive Muri Lagoon environment.