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19 October 2017

Seas At Risk was invited to make a statement at a conference on the implementation and future of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, jointly organised by the Estonian presidency of the EU and the European Commission on 12-13 October 2017 in Tallinn. Seas At Risk highlighted that rather than allowing for potentially “harmful subsidies”, any future maritime and fisheries fund must contribute to lower impacts on the marine environment and to abundant fish stocks. Seas At Risk called for funding in support of the marine environment to achieve healthy productive seas, the basis for thriving coastal communities.

 

 

18 October 2017

Greenhouse gas emissions from three ship types - containerships, bulkers and tankers - could be reduced by a third, on average, by reducing their speed.  The cumulative savings from reducing the speed of these ships alone could, by 2030, be as much as 12% of shipping’s total remaining carbon budget if the world is to stay under the 1.5ºC global temperature rise, the CE Delft study found. 

09 October 2017

Member States around Europe are signed up to an EU marine law that could save and protect our waters by 2020 if correctly implemented. But so far they are blatantly ignoring their own promises, while our marine ecosystems continue to be destroyed. With only a couple years left to act, the challenges are getting bigger every day:

Over 40% of fish stocks in the North-East Atlantic are still overfished, reaching 90% in the Mediterranean Fish are treated like waste: tens of millions of them continue to be disposed like trash every year, despite the discard ban introduced in 2014 Wildlife protection is a joke: We still only have 9% of seas in Marine Protected Areas around Europe and not 30% as recommended by scientists Most of the existing protected areas are “Paper Parks” with only a small percentage fully protected.

Seas At Risk launched a petition 

01 September 2017

In September the Plenary of the European Parliament will vote on MEP Ulrike Rodust’s report concerning the European Commission’s proposal for a multi-annual plan for demersal fisheries in the North Sea. If properly designed, the North Sea Multi-Annual Plan could make a significant contribution to ending overfishing and restoring fish stocks in line with the Common Fisheries Policy, which was significantly shaped by the European Parliament. This position paper lists the NGO priorities such as that the same management targets must apply to all demersal fish stocks and the inclusion of provisions for recreational fisheries.

 

 

17 July 2017

Analysis of the Design Efficiency of Ships that have Entered the Fleet since 2009. 

All ships built after 1 January 2013 need to have an Energy Efficiency Design Index. This measure of design fuel efficiency needs to be better than a reference value which depends on the ship type and size. This study analyses the development of the design efficiency of ships that have entered the fleet from 2009 to 2016. This study finds that the average design efficiency of new ships has improved in recent years. However, the efficiency improvements seem to have stalled in 2016. 

10 July 2017

Rethink Plastic has sent an open letter to the European Commission calling on them to propose strong and harmonised EU legislation within the EU Strategy on Plastics – due to be published at the end of 2017. We call for concrete policy action on reducing, redesigning and better managing plastics, and challenge the Commission to think broader and bolder, including trying to live plastic free for a day. #RethinkPlastic!

More information: rethinkplasticalliance.eu 

 

05 July 2017

Seas At Risk and allied NGOs have written to Siim Valmar Kiisler, Minister for the Environment of the Republic of the Estonia, asking for the forthcoming Fisheries Council exchange of views on the Commission Communication on Fishing Opportunities for 2018 to be live streamed. A public discussion on this important topic would facilitate enhanced transparency and motivate greater stakeholder involvement. Estonia has taken over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July and will be chairing the meeting.

15 June 2017

Environmental NGOs called for an ambitious and science-based multiannual management plan for small pelagic stocks in the Adriatic Sea. Below the letter sent to the Fisheries Attachés of the EU Member States, the Committee on Fisheries of the European Parliament and in copy Commissioner Vella and DG MARE. 

 

10 June 2017

Deep-sea mining has no place in a future shaped by the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. At the Ocean Conference of the United Nations 2017, Seas At Risk, supported by its 34 members and Mission Blue, BLOOM, the Deep Sea Mining Campaign and Earthworks, called on the international community to stop deep sea mining in its tracks.

 

 

31 March 2017

Seas At Risk and six other NGOs, all part of the international Break Free From Plastic movement, have sent a letter to the heads of the three main European institutions calling on them to commit to making their buildings single use plastic free.

17 March 2017

 

Deep sea mining has no place in a future shaped by the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. 

See the leaflet

 

 

23 November 2016

Seas At Risk and the Fisheries Secretariat sent to the Fisheries Ministers of the EU Member States recommendations for 2017 fishing opportunities.  Important decisions will be taken at the EU Fisheries Council meeting on 12th and 13th December 2016. Please find here the Letter and the Annex

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14 November 2016

Joint opening statement of Seas At Risk, the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, Oceana and WWF for the 35th North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) Annual Meeting 

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05 October 2016

Measures proposed by EU Member States to protect the marine environment lack ambition and financial commitment. This is the key finding of an NGO survey organised by Seas At Risk and Oceana in order to assess the level of ambition, strengths and weaknesses of the measures Member States are proposing to implement the Marine Directive and ultimately achieve a good environmental status of European marine waters before 2020. Sixteen NGOs responded to the survey and evaluated the measures proposed by Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom during the national public consultations held in 2015/2016. This report presents the results of the survey.

 

23 September 2016

As Organizações Não Governamentais do Ambiente escreveram a Karmenu Vella, Comissário Europeu do Ambiente, Assuntos Marítimos e Pescas para comunicar a suspensão das suas atividades no Conselho Consultivo para as Águas Ocidentais Austrais, em resposta à admissão de organizações representativas dos pescadores como representantes de “outros grupos de interesse”.

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22 June 2016

Brussels - Seas At Risk and the Fisheries Secretariat have released their latest briefing on the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy in advance of next week’s Agrifish Council, with recommendations on fishing opportunities in 2017.

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20 June 2016

As part of its ongoing work to monitor, advise and improve on the outcomes of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy, Seas At Risk and the Fisheries Secretariat have since 2010 produced briefings on technical aspects of fisheries management in advance of meetings of EU Fisheries Ministers. 

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23 May 2016

The Circular Economy Package has the potential to address our unsustainable production, consumption, and poor waste management and reduce marine litter. By reducing the production of waste, reducing consumption of single-use plastics, designing products to be repaired, durable, reused and if not, recycled into new products, and putting a consumer value on plastics through economic instruments they are less likely to be carelessly disposed of and end up in the oceans. This short briefing paper discusses the reasons why the Circular Economy Package is so vital for reducing marine litter, and lays out some essential elements that should be included in the legislative files.

19 May 2016

The new Data Collection Framework Regulation must include the mandatory requirement to collect data on all aquaculture production.

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11 December 2015

Brussels - The EU’s Fisheries and Agriculture Council on 14-15 December will decide whether to permit continued overfishing in the North Atlantic and North Sea in 2016. Fisheries ministers will be challenged to improve their poor performance to date in implementing the more ambitious Common Fisheries Policy and setting sustainable levels of ‘Total Allowable Catches’.

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