22 December 2017

Submission by Seas At Risk to the International Seabed Authority in occasion of the consultation of the draft regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area. In this submission, Seas At Risk raises some fundamental questions about  the need to have a fundamental and democratic reflection about the actual need (or not) for deep seabed mining and its long term sustainability implications, the governance flaws within the International Seabed Authority and the application of the precautionary principle. 


06 December 2017

In its new report ‘Tackling overfishing and marine litter’, Seas At Risk undertakes an analysis of fisheries and marine litter measures adopted by Member States under the Marine Directive. While noting some progress, it concludes that much more effort is needed to achieve healthy fish stocks and reduce harm from marine litter by 2020. The report also provides recommendations on the measures needed.

05 December 2017

Seas At Risk together with The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oceana, ClientEarth and the Fisheries Secretariat, sent to EU Ministers their recommendations regarding the 2018 Northeast Atlantic and North Sea Total Allowable Catches that the Council will set on 11–12 December 2017. The environmental NGOs urge Ministers to ensure that the 2018 TACs meet the requirements of the Common Fisheries Policy and end overfishing. Documents are: Letter to Ministers, Policy annex and Total Allowable Catches annex. It’s possible to consult previous council recommendations here

16 November 2017

Technical measures are the rules for where, when and how fishing may take place. These measures are fundamental to regulating the impact of fishing on stocks and marine ecosystems. Technical conservation measures will play a key role in achieving some of the main objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy. The document gives a list of key recommendations, which take into consideration how technical conservation measures can achieve these Common Fisheries Policy objectives. NGOs strongly urge members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries to vote in favour of amendments that strengthen the Commission’s proposal and increase protections for marine ecosystems.

26 October 2017

The study "Single use plastic and the marine environment" includes:

Estimations using limited available data on the quantities of certain single use plastic items used in Europe and nationally. Items investigated include bottles, take away packaging, cigarette butts, plastic straws and coffee cups.  A looks at how legislation can reduce these plastics, how it's ready to go and already enjoys wide public support. Reducing these items could dramatically reduce the amount of plastic pollution in European seas and beaches.  Case studies of plastic reducing pioneers: towns that have already taken action and the benefits they have found.

Please find the full background document here

The summary report below with main findings here below: 


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 

05 October 2017

Seas At Risk together with the Fisheries Secretariat sent to European Ministers the recommendations on the European Commission’s proposal on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2018. The two NGOs ask Ministers to ensure a sustainable utilisation of our common marine resources. Documents are: The recommendations to the ministers, Annex on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2018 and Annex on measures for the European eel. It’s possible to consult previous council recommendations here.

22 September 2017

This document has been submitted to the International Maritime Organisation. In this document the Clean Shipping Coalition, of which Seas At Risk is member, stresses the importance of peaking and reducing emissions from international shipping as soon as possible and presents information in support of the use of operational speed management to this end. 

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: 


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.



12 May 2017

In this document it is stressed the importance of quickly agreeing a long-term target and reduction pathway for GHG emissions from international shipping that is consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement, the urgent need to identify and implement immediate near-term measures that will result in early peaking of emissions, the importance of including within the GHG strategy an overhauled EEDI consistent with decarbonization of the fleet in the second half of the century, and the need to assess the impacts on vulnerable States in parallel with the consideration of final measures. 


12 May 2017

The Clean Shipping Coalition, of which Seas At Risk is member, comments here on the findings of a new study into the design efficiency of ships that includes the most recent data on ships built in 2016. The study finds that a considerable number of ships in different ship categories already comply with phase 2 and even phase 3 requirements, providing further evidence that EEDI requirements need strengthening. The study also finds, however, that design efficiency improvements appear to have stalled in 2016, with the average design efficiency of new bulk carriers, tankers and gas carriers being worse in 2016 than in 2015. Of equal concern is the study's finding that a surprisingly large share of the ships that entered the fleet in 2016 had efficiency (EIV) scores well above the reference line, sometimes as much as 50%, suggesting that there may be non-compliance with the EEDI


28 April 2017

This document has been submitted by the Clean Shipping Coalition, of which Seas At Risk is member, to the International Maritime Organisation, Marine environment protection committee, 71st session. The study uses the Estimated Index Value (EIV) to investigate trends in the design efficiency of ships built between 2009 and 2016 and the factors that are contributing to changes in these trends and the underlying EIVs. The study finds that while the average design efficiency of new ships has improved in recent years, efficiency improvements seem to have stalled in 2016, and that while a large share of ships that entered the fleet in 2016 had an EIV well above the reference line, there are ships of the same type and similar size with EIVs well below the reference line.





28 April 2017

This document is a submission to the International Maritime Organisation, (marine environment protection committee, 71st session) by the Clean Shipping Coalition, of which Seas At Risk is member. It summarizes the key findings of a new report on the economic and environmental trade-offs of using alternative fuels (distillate and LNG) instead of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic.