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picture - Polar Code too weak to properly protect polar environments from increased shipping activity - click for more
London, 21st November 2014 – Responding to today’s adoption by the International Maritime Organisation of the long-awaited Polar Code, aimed at regulating shipping in Polar Regions, a coalition of environmental groups criticised the measures for not going far enough to adequately protect the fragile Arctic and Antarctic environments. 
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picture - Letter to Juncker on waste - click for more
Brussels, 19th November 2014 - Seas At Risk and other environmental NGOs have sent an open letter today to European Commission President Juncker and Vice-President Timmermans, requesting that they do not withdraw the vital waste management proposal. 
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picture - NE Atlantic Fisheries Commission makes limited progress to protect deep sea species and habitats - click for more
London, November 14 2014 - The North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) this week agreed to close six new areas totalling around 11,000 square kilometres to bottom fishing to protect vulnerable deep-sea species ecosystems and extended its prohibition on the catch of several shark species. 
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picture - Ministers blatantly ignore agreement to end deep sea overfishing - click for more
Brussels, 10th November 2014 - The EU’s Agriculture and Fisheries Council today agreed on deep sea fisheries quotas for 2015 and 2016 that will allow for the continuation of overfishing of these particularly fragile species. 
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picture - Commission’s first discard plans full of holes - click for more
Brussels, 21st October 2014 - The Commission has released the first regional discard plans aimed at eliminating the practice of discarding unwanted fish back into the sea, as required under the recently reformed CFP. It is questionable, however, whether these plans will actually ensure that perfectly edible fish will no long be thrown overboard. 
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picture - Ocean Film Festival 2014 - click for more
Belgium, 20-25th October 2014 - Seas At Risk members Project Aware and Sea First Foundation are supporting the Belgian tour of the Ocean Film Festival. 
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picture - Marine litter Seminar - click for more
Brussels, 4th November 2014: A policy seminar on marine litter and the circular economy. 
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picture - Mins fail first test of CFP reform reality - click for more
Brussels, 14th October 2014 - At the first Fisheries Council meeting to agree fishing levels under the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), Ministers failed to commit to end overfishing for a majority of the Baltic fish stocks.  
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picture - Eurocean 2014 - click for more
Rome, 9th October - The European marine science community today adopted the ‘Rome Declaration’, reflecting its vision of a future marine science agenda.  
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picture - Isabella Lovin MEP to leave the European Parliament - click for more
Brussels, 6th October - Seas At Risk congratulates Swedish MEP Isabella Lövin, who will be leaving the European Parliament to become Minister of Foreign Aid and Development in the new Swedish government.  
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London, 10th October 2014 - NGOs call on shipping industry regulator to drive down costs, trigger improved fuel efficiency and reduce ship GHG emissions through efficiency data transparency. 
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picture - Three months to phase-out overfishing - click for more
Brussels, 10th October 2014 - A media briefing on upcoming decisions on 2015/2016 fishing limits. 
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picture - Commission deep sea fisheries quotas exclude key species - click for more
Brussels, 3rd October 2014 - The Commission has released its proposal for bi-annual deep sea quotas for 2015 and 2016.  
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picture - Vella fails to inspire with vague performance  - click for more
Brussels, 30th September 2014 - Karmenu Vella, candidate for Commissioner for Fisheries and Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, survived his hearing in the European Parliament relatively unscathed, but without convincing that the Juncker Commission will put sustainability at the heart of their agenda. 
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picture - New deep-sea measures agreed for NW Atlantic - click for more
Vigo, 26th September 2014 - The 36th Annual Meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) closed today in Vigo, Spain. 
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picture - EU’s environmental ambition at risk under new Commission structure - click for more
Brussels, 11th September 2014 – The new President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, revealed his new team of Commissioners yesterday, and unveiled the surprising plan to merge the Environment and Maritime Affairs and Fisheries portfolios into one position.  
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picture - NGOs priorities for responsible aquaculture - click for more
Brussels, 12th September 2014 - In a joint position paper with a wide coalition of environmental NGOs, Seas At Risk has proposed a number of priorities to ensure that European aquaculture develops in an environmentally responsible manner. This is the first time environmental NGOs have presented such a vision on aquaculture. 
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picture - Deep sea mining intro - click for more
Brussels, 9th July 2014 - After a 25 year fight by NGOs against deep sea bottom trawling, a new, potentially even more destructive industry is now gearing up to take over.  
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picture - Blue Growth with a Greek flavour - click for more
Athens, 3rd June 2014 - EEB, Seas At Risk and their Greek member organisations - MedSoS, Elliniki Etairia, and Ecocity - co-organised a conference in Athens on “Could Blue Growth turn into Green?” The conference addressed the link between Blue Growth and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD. 
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picture - NGOs lay out their priorities for MSFD measures - click for more
Brussels, 7th July 2014 - The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) has entered a crucial implementation phase, as countries are now developing the programmes of measures to maintain or achieve good environmental status for marine waters by 2020. 
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picture - Circular economy package - click for more
Brussels, 2nd July, 2014 - The European Commission has today issued a headline reduction target for marine litter in Europe as part of its Communication on a Circular Economy. We believe that this target is inadequate and will need to be significantly strengthened to really tackle the problem of waste entering our seas. 
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picture - OSPAR regional marine litter plan - click for more
Cascais, 27 June 2014 - OSPAR today adopted its long-awaited Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter, designed to promote concerted action to reduce marine litter in the NE Atlantic. Seas At Risk regrets that the plan fails to set quantifiable reduction targets or to provide strong solutions to counter this increasingly worrying problem. 
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picture - European Commission releases Communication on fishing opportunities for 2015 - click for more
Brussels, 26th June 2014 - Today the European Commission released its Communication on fishing opportunities for 2015. It shows a clear willingness to implement the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), but also reveals a worrying deteriorating picture of the status of fish stocks in European waters. 
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picture - Protect Vulnerable Deep-Sea Species and Habitats  - click for more
June 24th 2014, London — The North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission, or NEAFC, this week has adopted stronger regulations for the management of deep-sea fisheries and the conservation of deep-sea species and habitats in the North East Atlantic. 
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picture - AGM 2014 - click for more
Brussels, 5th June 2014 - Seas At Risk is proud to announce the election of its new chairperson at its AGM. Sam Fanshawe, Chief Executive Officer of UK-based marine protection charity the Marine Conservation Society, was unanimously elected by the delegates of Seas At Risk’s member organisations. 
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picture - Bring waste full circle - click for more
Brussels, 8th May 2014 - As much as 80% of marine litter is from landbased sources; it therefore makes sense that to combat our marine debris problem, we need land based solutions.  
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picture - Vote4theOcean - click for more
Directives, regulations and laws: the EU is at the forefront of laws to protect our natural environment. Consequently, in advance of elections the European Parliament on 23-25th May, Surfrider Foundation Europe is launching the “Vote for the ocean” campaign. 
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picture - Parliament concludes CFP - click for more
Brussels, 16th April 2014 - The European parliament adopted the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), concluding the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). 
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picture - IMO abandons 2016 NOx controls deadline - click for more
London, 4th April 2014 – The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has abandoned the fixed start date of 2016 for the fitting on ships of advanced (Tier III) equipment for use in NOx emission control areas (NECAs), giving in to Russian political pressure and endangering the health of Europeans. 
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picture - MEPs vote on plastic bags - click for more
Brussels, 16th April 2014 - Seas At Risk welcomes today’s vote by the European Parliament that will enable member states to ban plastic bags and that sets a strong target of 80% reduction in usage within five years. 
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picture - Norway’s U-turn on NOx limits for ships is Russian policy by the back door - click for more
Brussels, 19th March 2014 – Environmental organisations at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) are urging the Norwegian government to stop its attempt to postpone an introduction of NOx emission control areas for ships. 
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picture - Belgian anti-trammel net campaign - click for more
Seas At Risk’s Belgian member organisations Natuurpunt and Sea First Federation are helping to organise an anti-trammel net campaign in Belgium, with a major beach rally planned for 1st May. 
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picture - Agreement reached on a Maritime Spatial Planning Directive - click for more
Brussels 6th March 2014 - EU policy makers today reached an agreement on a Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP). 
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picture - Seas at Risk at the HOPE Conference - click for more
Brussels, 3-4 March 2014 -- Seas At Risk attended the Healthy Oceans - Productive Ecosystems (HOPE) conference in Brussels at the start of March. 
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picture - Surfrider Foundation Europe launches its 19th Ocean Initiative - click for more
Brussels, 20-23rd March 2014 -- This week Surfrider Foundation Europe launched its 19th Ocean Initiative. After the success of last year’s campaign against single-use plastic bags, Surfrider decided to focus this year’s campaign further upstream and downstream. 
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picture - Commission review gives Member States a ‘must do better’ report for Marine Strategies - click for more
Brussels, 20th February 2014. Poor implementation, poor coordination, poor integration. This, in a nutshell, is the Commission’s view of progress in implementing the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) so far.  
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picture - Joint Statement on the European Parliament’s draft report on plastic carrier bags - click for more
Brussels, March 10th 2014 - Seas at Risk is joining with a number of other organisations to issue a joint statement to alert MEPs on the Environment Committee to specific issues they have identified with the Draft ENVI Report and ongoing negotiations within the ENVI committee. 
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picture - EMFF January 2014 agreement - click for more
Brussels, 29th January 2014 --- European policy makers have reached a political agreement for the future of EU fisheries subsidies, setting aside approximately €6.5 billion in the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) that will support the EU’s fisheries sector until 2020. 
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picture - Surfrider’s white paper on maritime safety - click for more
Brussels, 12th December 2013 -- On the 14th anniversary of the 'Erika' shipwreck and four years after the adoption of the Erika III Package, Surfrider issued a ‘White Paper on Maritime Safety’ to provide food for thought on the need to bring about a new legislative package on maritime safety in Europe. 
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picture - Polar Code - click for more
Brussels, 24th January 2014 – The new draft ‘Polar Code’ of safety and environmental rules fails to address the looming danger of having non ice-strengthened and poorly prepared ships in supposedly ‘ice-free’ polar waters, environmental organisations have warned.  
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picture - MRV report release January 2014 - click for more
Brussels, 9th January 2014 - Advanced emissions monitoring of large ships calling at EU ports could help save owners and operators of large ships up to €9 million/year, according to a new study [1] published jointly by Seas At Risk and Transport & Environment.  
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picture - Fisheries Council slow in catching up with new CFP - click for more
Brussels, 18th December 2013. Fisheries Ministers yesterday evening agreed surprisingly fast on fishing opportunities for European fish stocks in 2014, but failed in many cases to follow scientific advice. 
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picture - MSP vote december 2013 - click for more
Brussels/ Strasbourg 12th December 2013 – The Maritime Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Management Directive was voted today in the European Parliament, with a final outcome that falls short of what is needed to support effective protection of the marine environment.  
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picture - deepsea vote dec10 - click for more
Strasbourg/Brussels, 10th December 2013 --- The European Parliament voted today and undermined efforts to protect the deep sea from the most destructive fishing practices with the narrow adoption of a weak compromise agreed earlier in the Fisheries Committee by 342 to 326 votes. 
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