The European Environment Agency’s State of Europe’s Seas report released today warns that marine environmental degradation combined with ever increasing exploitation is pushing our seas, and therefore also our planetary ecosystems, to the brink of collapse.

In an unprecedented encyclical Laudato Si (Praise Be To You) on the environment and climate change, the Pope has called “to move forward in a bold cultural revolution”, proposing an ‘integral ecology’ to reinstate ethics and values in economy, politics and society as a whole.

Brussels - Seas At Risk and The Fisheries Secretariat sent a brief to Fisheries Ministers following the publication of the Commission Communication on Fishing Opportunities for 2016 and ahead of the Council meeting 16 June.