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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Offshore wind farms are becoming a major part of the European-wide drive to end reliance on fossil fuels and increase the amount of energy coming from renewable sources. A report from Sweden has conducted the first major review of wind farm effects on marine life.
The European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee has decided at the last moment to delay the adoption process of a new deep sea access regime. This may leave the EU stuck with its outdated deep sea legislation for several additional years, putting deep sea fish stocks and vulnerable ecosystems at further risk.
Environmental NGOs have welcomed the proposal for a Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and Coastal Management as a tool to help achieve sustainable maritime development, but want to ensure that crucial environmental commitments are not traded off against sectoral ones in the process.
Seas At Risk hosted a successful one day seminar with representatives from NGO’s, the European Commission, academics and others to discuss ways to deal with the marine litter problem at the European level.
SAR is hosting a one day seminar on the topic of marine litter and the role of EU legislation in tackling the problem. The seminar will include presentations on relevant legislation and on the interim findings of a new study commissioned by SAR.