20 Dec 2019

New Seabed Minerals Commissioner for Cooks

3:25 pm on 20 December 2019

The Cook Islands government has appointed a new Seabed Minerals Commissioner.

Aerial landscape view of the beautiful Muri Lagoon and a Motu (Islet) in Rarotonga Island in the Cook Islands.

Photo: Rafael Ben-Ari/ 123RF

Local lawyer Alexandrya Herman will take over the Seabed Minerals Authority for the next three years from January.

Outgoing commissioner Paul Lynch has been in the role since 2012.

The authority is charged with advancing licensed exploration activities within the Cook Islands maritime zone.

Planned seabed mining activities were openly criticised in September by the prominent marine biologist and former Marae Moana marine reserve director Jacqui Evans.

Her subsequent removal from the government role drew criticism.

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