Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Seas at Risk Newsletter.
With all of Europe reeling from the political fallout of the decision of the people of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, our first article focuses on the effects of Brexit on the future EU marine environment. Seas At Risk remains as resolved as ever to work with our UK member organisations to ensure the best possible protections for Europe's seas.
In better news, the EU's deep sea fisheries regulation was finally agreed, seeing and end to almost a decades work - we hear from the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition on what it will all mean. Staying with fisheries, the latest edition of our Fisheries Council Briefings is out, this time focused on the 2017 opportunties communication, and we had further recommendations on aquaculture data's inclusion in the review of the Data Collection Framework too.
Seas At Risk itself is growing stronger than ever, welcoming a further four new members at our AGM in June, including our first Polish member. You can read about them below, and more about our marine litter workshop that took place that same week in Brussels. We are also happy to announce the growth of our Brussels team, as we welcome Marc-Philip Buckhout to the Seas At Risk office as our new Aquaculture policy officer.
We hope you enjoy this issue
The Seas At Risk team
It’s been a very tempestuous week of political fallout since the UK voted by 52% to leave the European Union in a public vote. Seas At Risk is determined to continue working with its members inside and outside the UK for a healthy marine environment.
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The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (of which Seas At Risk is a steering group member) has welcomed the agreement reached on 30 June by the European Parliament, Council of Ministers, and European Commission on key provisions for a new European Union (EU) regulation on deep-sea fishing.
Seas At Risk and the Fisheries Secretariat have released their latest briefing on the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy in advance of next week’s Agrifish Council, with recommendations on fishing opportunities in 2017.
The new Data Collection Framework Regulation must include the mandatory requirement to collect data on all aquaculture production.
SAR held a members workshop on specific EU policy areas related to marine litter back-to-back with our Annual General Meeting.
Brussels - Today saw the release of the European Parliament’s draft opinion on the Circular Economy. Authored by Italian Socialist MEP Simona Bonafè, it contains proposals that will be vital to tackling the EU’s contribution to the global marine litter crisis.
Seas At Risk has welcomed four new members into their network at their recent Annual General Meeting in Brussels. The new members come from all corners of the EU, with Ireland, the UK, Poland and Portugal being represented.
Nairobi - The second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) met this week to discuss the need to strengthen the environmental dimension of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).