Seas At Risk welcomes the decision of the European Parliament for a robust North Sea multiannual management plan that will effectively see an end to overfishing of species living near the sea bottom in that region. The plan covers fish stocks that represent almost 70% of the North Sea catch.

During its annual meeting, the International Seabed Authority (ISA) set a target date of 2020 to finalise the regulations for the exploitation of minerals in the deep sea, bringing the start of large-scale mining within close range. During the meeting, the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition called on the member states to open closed doors, bring transparency to the heart of its work and to put into place an Environment Committee.

The European Parliament Fisheries Committee voted last week on the multiannual management plan for demersal species in the North Sea. The outcome of the decision contained both negative and positive aspects.