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05 February 2013

Covered in a sticky substance and unable to move, hundreds of seabirds have been found washed up along the South coast of Britain with experts speculating ship waste dumping as the likely source.

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27 December 2012

Unilever has agreed to phase out micro beads from all its personal care products in a great success story for the marine environment and Seas At Risk member organisations the North Sea Foundation and MCS.

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13 December 2012

In both a staff working document and in the draft 7th Environmental Action Programme, the European Commission has proposed an EU wide marine litter reduction target.

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21 August 2012

A major new campaign to tackle microplastics entering the marine environment has been launched. SAR has signed on to help solve the problem of micro beads found in 100’s of personal hygiene products that can end up down our plug holes and into our seas.

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03 July 2012

European Green groups GAIA, EEB and Seas At Risk have called on the European Commission to ban single-use plastic bags on the occasion of International bag-free day. A year after a public consultation on the topic, still no plan has been set out for an EU approach.

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02 July 2012

Marking International bag free-day, over 30 NGOs are making a final call to EU Environment ministers ahead of the July 15 deadline for setting marine litter targets, as required under EU law. In an open letter sent to all 27 ministers, the NGOs are calling for ambitious and significant reduction targets for 2020.

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27 June 2012

This June saw SAR member the North Sea Foundation launch their ‘MyBeach’ initiative across the Dutch coast – a project that aims to tackle marine litter by encouraging beach goers to clean up not only their own mess but also the trash brought in by the sea.

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23 May 2012

Speaking at the annual European Maritime Day event in Gothenburg, Seas At Risk has called on Sweden to take a lead on the MSFD and set a 50% marine litter reduction target for 2020.

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22 May 2012

Seas At Risk will be speaking at the annual European Maritime Day conference this May to raise awareness of marine litter and the need to set ambitious reduction targets under the European Union’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

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22 May 2012

Seas At Risk will be speaking at the annual European Maritime Day conference this May to raise awareness of marine litter and the need to set ambitious reduction targets under the European Union’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

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16 April 2012

NGOs leading the fight against marine litter and plastic pollution in Europe are calling on European countries to set a 50% reduction target ahead of the July deadline this year when states are required to finalise their marine environmental targets for 2020.

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21 March 2012
The European marine environment has become engulfed in litter, most of which is plastic. It is an entirely anthropogenic pollutant that damages not only the marine environment, but also marine industries and the aesthetic quality of coastal environments. It is multi-dimensional and multi-sectoral and it is a human responsibility to significantly reduce quantities of marine litter in the short term and ultimately act towards resolving the problem for future generations.  

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13 February 2012

Seas At Risk are calling for a Europe wide ban on short life carrier bags. With 70% of respondents to an EU public consultation agreeing that a ban is necessary, the pressure is now on the EU to implement a ban that is reasonable, and reduces unnecessary waste...

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08 February 2012

Seas At Risk German member BUND has launched a comic competition to raise awareness amongst seafarers on the problems of ship waste dumping and marine litter. The competition invites graphic designers to provide illustrations by the end of April this year.

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12 January 2012

Over 70% of respondents to a European Commission public consultation have voted in favour of a ban on the distribution of plastic bags. Green groups Seas At Risk and EEB say the Commission should now act on this overwhelming support and implement a ban across Europe.

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12 January 2012

A group of experts on marine litter has advised EU countries on setting reduction targets for marine litter for 2020. Member States now have 6 months to act on this advice and set ambitious reduction targets in order to combat this growing problem.

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06 December 2011

It is estimated by scientists that around 250 billion pieces of plastic are swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. With this in mind, it’s good to know there are solutions at our disposal and on Seas At Risk’s educational website Learn2sea.org we’ve uploaded some excellent new materials for teachers, children, adults, industry and NGOs to discover more!

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05 October 2011

With a bar of soap and some water, keeping our skin clean used to be so simple. Now, some care products include small plastic grains and these ‘scrubbers’ are ending up in the marine environment through discharged sewage water. SAR member organisation SDN is calling for action and an end to this worrying source of marine plastic pollution.

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21 September 2011

Scientists have discovered another unlikely source of microplastics that are plaguing our beaches and seas: Putting clothes made out of synthetic fabrics through the washing machine!

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09 August 2011

In response to the European Commission’s consultation on reducing the use of plastic bags, Seas At Risk has put full support behind the call for a Europe wide ban on disposable bags and measures to encourage the uptake of sustainably sourced long life alternatives.

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