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04 October 2014

Brussels, 4th November 2014: A policy seminar on marine litter and the circular economy. 

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03 October 2014

Brussels - The Commission has released its proposal for bi-annual deep sea quotas for 2015 and 2016. 

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30 September 2014

Brussels - 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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12 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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02 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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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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26 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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24 June 2014

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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09 June 2014

Surfrider Foundation has with over 20 other organisations launched a new network, the "Ocean and Climate platform", ahead of the Cop 21 climate negotiations due to take place next year in Paris.

The platform is made up of NGOs and research institutes and currently all members are France-based organisations of national, local or European scope, but the platform is eager to open up further to non-French based European and international members. You can find more information on the platform here (French)

Don't hesitate to contact Surfrider Europe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want more information, or if you are planning on taking part in the Paris climate talks next year and wish to share information or observations.

05 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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03 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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03 June 2014

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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03 June 2014

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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08 May 2014

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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16 April 2014

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.

This is a good first step towards preventing these damaging and wasteful items from entering our seas. The promotion of biodegradable bags, however will damage the overall effectiveness of the measure in tackling marine litter.

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16 April 2014

Brussels, 16th April 2014 - The European parliament adopted the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), concluding the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

Subject to adoption by Council on 6 May, the EMFF will begin to support the implementation of the CFP that was agreed in 2013.

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04 April 2014

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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20 March 2014

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.  This served as an opportunity for Surfrider to convey the viewpoints of the growing number of citizens involved in the fight against marine litter to the national and European level. Ocean Initiatives are traditionally held on the first Spring weekend but are actually organised all year long, so it’s not too late to participate in our 2014 Ocean Initiatives! Raising awareness and getting the wider public involved 80% of marine litter comes from the land; for this reason, this year’s aim was to make people aware that an apparently harmless action like dropping litter on the ground, even in an urban space far from the sea, could have consequences for the marine environment.  Each year the Ocean Initiatives bring together thousands of people from all over the world. The aim of these beach and inland litter collections is to raise awareness among the wider public about the great quantities of marine litter found along our coasts and in the oceans. This involvement of citizens gives more weight to Surfrider’s lobbying efforts to improve existing regulations and fight against marine litter in Europe.  Humans: the source and solution of pollution on the coast and in the oceans Almost 6.5 billion kilos of plastic litter is poured into the oceans every year. Although the litter comes from many sources, this pollution does have one thing in common: humans. Our consumption and production patterns are the chief cause of today’s pollution on the coasts and in the oceans; it is therefore up to us to act. These Ocean Initiatives are an opportunity for each one of us to get as involved as we can by organising or taking part in a litter collection action near our homes. Surfrider helps facilitate these actions by sending educational kits to organisers to help them with their collection.  Surfrider wants to go even further this year and bring a more scientific angle to the litter collection days - organisers are therefore invited to complete a report form after each collection using the existent quantification guidelines, in order to help Surfrider to establish the full picture of litter found on different coastlines like last year.  If you would like to find out more about Surfrider and Ocean Initiatives: www.initiativesoceanes.org Facebook Blog

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10 March 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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10 March 2014

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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