Ministers from countries around the world gathered 5-6 October in Malta for the third Our Ocean conference, hosted by the European Commission. They were joined by NGOs, academics and agencies including Seas at Risk and some of our Members.

On 12-13 October in Tallinn, the Estonian presidency of the EU and the European Commission jointly organised a conference on the implementation and future of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. Seas At Risk spoke in support of funding for marine protection to achieve healthy productive seas, the basis for thriving coastal communities.

The EU Marine Directive requires Member States to achieve clean, healthy and productive EU seas by 2020 -  a much needed holistic approach to marine management. However, 2020 is only two years away and NGOs are concerned that action by Member States is too slow and Programmes of Measures  too weak.  Seas At Risk has therefore launched a campaign to get European citizens involved to  encourage EU Ministers to take further action to achieve their noble commitment.