Seas At Risk works to help drive European and international marine and maritime policies in a sustainable direction. Located in Brussels, our team of policy officers works together with our growing membership of environmental NGOs, representing millions of EU citizens that care deeply about the oceans.

While Seas At Risk pursues issues by participating in governance processes at international level (e.g. International Maritime Organisation), EU level (working with the European Institutions) and regional level (e.g. OSPAR, the regional fisheries Advisory Councils), our member organisations play an important role by helping to ensure the essential link to national settings. Seas At Risk staff keep the member organisations informed of relevant policy developments and emerging issues, and  individual member organisations help to ensure that national government delegations to international meetings are properly briefed and aware of the concerns of their national environment sector. They also help monitoring member states’ progress on implementing internationally agreed policy and provide Seas At Risk staff with a pool of expertise they can benefit from.

In support of this work, Seas At Risk collaborates with European, international and regional NGOs;  facilitates exchange of information between members; gathers, analyses and disseminates information; coordinates joint responses to policy developments and public consultations; organises workshops and seminars; and highlights environmental challenges and policy developments through its external communications work. 

Organisational structure

Seas At Risk is governed by an Assembly consisting of one delegate from each member organisation. The Assembly meets once a year to debate and agree the work programme of the organisation along with the associated budget.

The Seas At Risk Management Committee, consisting of the Chairman of the Assembly, the Treasurer, Secretary and at most two other Assembly delegates, is responsible for ensuring that the work programme of the organisation is executed efficiently and in a manner consistent with the budget. The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of the organisation.

Alongside the policy staff, Seas At Risk also has a support team to provide administrative, communications and financial services as required.

Between Assembly meetings, Seas At Risk staff and representatives from the member organisations collaborate in issue-specific Policy Groups that bring together thematic experts from each of the organisations.

Seas At Risk was originally constituted as a Foundation (Stichting) under Dutch law, but became an non-profit Association (vereniging zonder winstoogmerk - VZW) under Belgian law on 1st January 2007.

Seas At Risk's Articles of Association (1/1/2014).

Seas At Risk brochure.

You can see Seas At Risk's Annual Activity Reports here.