Seas At Risk has welcomed two new member organisations, Portuguese Sciaena and UK-based Surfers Against Sewage at its recent Annual General Meeting in Lisbon. With the acceptance of these two latest additions, the Seas At Risk network now includes 28 members across 15 European countries.

Surfers Against Sewage is a registered UK charity that works to protect British oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably. They engage in political campaigns and lobbying on marine environmental issues such as water pollution and marine litter, and have produced a smart phone app to alert beach users about water quality levels in their area. Their 11 members of staff and considerable network of volunteers work to improve conditions at the UK’s seas and coasts through political action, beach clean ups and media campaigns (such as the one below). SAS is particularly looking forward to working with Seas At Risk on marine litter issues at the EU and OSPAR levels.

SAS

Sciaena is a Portuguese organisation established in 2006 by a number of marine biology and fisheries students who wanted a more sustainable approach to marine management in Portugal. They aim to fill the gap between scientific knowledge and society, and to promote an integrated approach to marine conservation. They have produced scientific advice on fisheries issues, are members of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, Ocean 2012 and Pong Pesca and have organised public events for European Fish Week. Other public awareness raising campaigns include their ‘Beneath the Waves’ Film Festival in 2013, the Mar Motto Street Art exhibition and Deep Street Art event calling for a ban on deep-sea bottom trawling. Sciaena looks forward to cooperating with the Seas At Risk network on marine protection, fisheries and deep-sea conservation issues.

Sciaena

Seas At Risk is very happy to welcome these two new dynamic and active members to its growing network, and looks forward to working with them on issues of joint interest in the future.