Welcome to the latest Seas At Risk newsletter.
In this edition, we will be bringing you a full report from our deep sea mining 'Exploring the Unknowns' stakeholders' conference, held in Brussels on 26 April. Along with the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, we brought together key voices from industry, EU and UN institutions, academia and NGOs to consider the state of play in this newly emerging sector. You can see a full report, including presentations and further details in our first story below.
It's been two months of progress and setbacks in the marine litter, fisheries and shipping arenas, as our sponsored written declaration in the European Parliament to get the microbead out of personal care products very narrowly missed out on securing the necessary signatures, but has nonetheless helped put the issue on the EU agenda. Meanwhile, Seas At Risk members across Europe have been using new methods and techniques to encourage record turn outs in their annual beach cleans.
When it comes to fisheries, the implementation of the new CFP is again found lacking, with new rules on data collection not reflecting the urgency required to truly secure and stabilise future fish stocks.
The International Maritime Organisation held the latest meeting of its environmental committee (MEPC69), and while action on controlling GHG emissions from shipping was delayed once again, the strength of the emerging consensus amongst member states there is truly heartening. You can read more on how Seas At Risk has been helping to forge that consensus in the two stories below.
We hope you enjoy this edition,
The Seas At Risk team
Seas At Risk, in partnership with the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, hosted a multi-stakeholder event to explore the present status and future of deep sea mining. Some 70 participants from industry, government, European institutions and the scientific community came together for a lively debate around the need for deep sea mining, the current technological and regulatory state of play, and the knowledge gaps that prevent us from understanding the full potential impacts of this industry.
Members of the European Parliament have sent their strongest message yet to the European Commission to address the issue of plastic microbeads in personal care products.
Shipping’s only legally binding climate measure is not stimulating the uptake of new technologies or driving efficiency improvements, according to a new independent study.
The shipping sector’s response to the Paris climate agreement was left in disarray after governments attending a meeting of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) were unable to even agree on a work plan to develop a shipping ‘fair share’ contribution to the goal of limiting temperature increases to 1.5/2°C.
The EU’s Fisheries Committee has adopted its report on the Data Collection Framework regulation (DCF), an effort that was designed to improve the information behind the Common Fisheries Policy.
It’s springtime, and with the improving weather comes the annual beach cleaning season! Seas At Risk member organisations across Europe have activated their own membership and organised their annual beach cleans.
Between 4 and 7 April, over 450 activists committed to protecting the ocean and climate responded to the call made by various associations including Seas At Risk member Surfrider and many others.
The aim was to expose and disrupt Marine Construction and Engineering Deepwater Development (MCEDD) summit , which had the express aim of promoting new offshore oil drilling, something in total contradiction to the aims of the recently agreed Paris Agreement adopted at COP21.