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

Brussels – Seas At Risk is supporting a campaign recently launched in the European Parliament by a group of MEPs led by the British MEP Catherine Bearder, which is calling on the Commission and Council to take action on the issue of microplastic pollution.

The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) this week launched a new report on ‘Marine Sustainability in an age of changing Oceans and Seas’.

A major new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the World Economic Forum and McKinsey consultants has shown that we are currently headed for an ecological crisis in our oceans, but that we can prevent it with determined and coordinated action on how we handle plastics.

2015 was a busy year for European seas, with many developments on the EU policy front.

Brussels - The EU’s Fisheries Council went on until the early morning today to agree on new North Sea and North-East Atlantic quotas for 2016, and once again failed to end overfishing, despite their commitments under the reformed Common Fisheries Policy.

Paris - The absence of any reference to international aviation and shipping emissions in the Paris Agreement casts doubts over who is responsible for reining in their skyrocketing emissions, green NGOs Seas At Risk, Carbon Market Watch and Transport & Environment have said. While the Agreement endorses a target of 1.5°C, this cannot be achieved unless these two sectors urgently rein in their emissions.

Brussels - The EU’s Fisheries and Agriculture Council on 14-15 December will decide whether to permit continued overfishing in the North Atlantic and North Sea in 2016. Fisheries ministers will be challenged to improve their poor performance to date in implementing the more ambitious Common Fisheries Policy and setting sustainable levels of ‘Total Allowable Catches’.