8 June is the United Nations day for World Oceans. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘healthy oceans, healthy planet’, yet developments during 2016 have shown just how much more needs to be done to preserve our seas from the effects of human activity. 

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.

The new Data Collection Framework Regulation must include the mandatory requirement to collect data on all aquaculture production.

Brussels - 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.

Brussels - 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.

London - 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) today 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.

Brussels – The EU’s Fisheries Committee today adopted its report on the Data Collection Framework regulation (DCF), an effort that was designed to improve the information behind the Common Fisheries Policy.

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 Baltic Multi Annual Plan process was meant to be the first step in better fisheries management - this blog from Seas At Risk Executive Director Monica Verbeek suggests it has not gone to plan

 

Brussels - Statement by Seas At Risk and Transport & Environment as new secretary-general of International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Kitack Lim meets with EU Environment and Transport Commissioners