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30 September 2013

The European Commission presented the initiatives it intends to take to reduce plastic waste. These include a ban on landfilling, strengthen recycling targets, and a proposal to be released in two weeks on limiting single-use plastic bags.

 

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17 September 2013
The new international 'Beat the Microbead' App informs consumers of plastic presence in care products. It is available for free and in five languages.

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16 September 2013
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is celebrating the 2013 World Maritime Day (26th September) with a focus on sustainable development.

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13 September 2013
Welcome back after the holiday season to another issue of the SAR newsletter. Summer 2013 has seen a wealth of activities focusing on marine litter.  

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12 September 2013

The Global Ocean Commission (GOC) – an independent commission aimed at tackling issues facing the high seas - is seeking views on how to reverse degradation of the oceans and restore them to full, sustainable productivity.

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11 September 2013

Every year in August and September, volunteers across Europe devote part of their time to clean up beaches and coastal areas in their neighborhood. This summer, many members of Seas At Risk have organised cleanup days with activities wrapping up in the third week-end of September (20-22nd), coinciding with “Cleanup the World Day”.

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11 September 2013

SAR member the Marine Conservation Society is calling for members of the public to respond to a public consultation run by the Scottish Government on a draft marine litter strategy.

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07 August 2013

On the 8th June, World Ocean Day, cyclists from the Race for the Baltic team left Malmö on a 3-month journey cycling 3500km of Baltic Sea coastline across nine countries.

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10 July 2013

Undermining the recent EU agreement on the reformed Common Fisheries Policy to end overfishing (CFP), the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament today voted to restore EU subsidies for building new fishing vessels.

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03 July 2013

SAR’s French member, Surfrider Foundation Europe has today issued a call for a ban on single use plastic bags, on International Bag Free Day 2013.

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01 July 2013
Seas At Risk is ready for the summer season, with the political adoption of the main file of the CFP reform, developments on technology cooperation at the IMO, three new member organisations and more news. Read on and check out the latest news from our network. We will be back with another exciting SAR newsletter in September.

 

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28 June 2013

The European Commission has published today a proposal to monitor, report and verify (MRV) ship greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The measure will apply to all ships calling at EU ports and could be a precursor to actual reduction measures.

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19 June 2013

During a Fisheries Committee debate in the European Parliament on 18th June, the European Commission presented new evidence showing that the economic dependence on deep sea fisheries in Europe is low.

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18 June 2013

The fight against micro plastics has taken another leap forward after Seas At Risk’s Dutch member the North Sea Foundation successfully lobbied the Dutch government to call for a European wide ban of micro plastics in cosmetics.

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05 June 2013

At Seas At Risk’s annual general meeting, three new NGOs from across Europe joined our growing membership base. Each of the new members come from European NGOs working on marine issues who are keen to have representation in Brussels to help influence marine policy.

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02 June 2013

Samantha Fanshawe, head of the UK's Marine Conservation Society, has become the first British woman to receive the Rachel Carson Prize, an environmental award in memory of the American marine biologist and author, often called the mother of the modern environmental movement.

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30 May 2013

After two years of negotiation, the European Parliament and Fisheries Council finally reached an agreement on the framework of a reformed Common Fisheries Policy. It includes a deal on rebuilding fish stocks, ending overfishing by 2015, and reducing by-catch and discarding.

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21 May 2013

Today, on European Maritime Day, 26 environmental NGOs come together as one voice to demand that the proposed Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Management (MSP-ICM) gets a firmer environmental legal basis.

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17 May 2013

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) today finally agreed a resolution on technology cooperation, the negotiation of which had held up consideration of a ship GHG measure for existing ships for two years.

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16 May 2013

Environmental NGOs have called on the International Maritime Organisation to review the hazard classification of PIB following two spills in the English Channel and the deaths of thousands of sea birds.

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