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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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15 May 2013

The IMO today decided to postpone the entry into force of NOx emissions limits for ship engines from 2016 to 2021. Seas At Risk and fellow environmental NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) condemned the move.

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18 April 2013

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.

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18 April 2013

SAR’s French member Surfrider Foundation Europe is rallying citizens’ support to demand an EU ban on disposable plastic bags.

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12 April 2013

The Message from Berlin, the main outcome of a three day international conference, lays out the key principles and priority actions to tackle the European marine litter problem and calls for the development of regional action plans.

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21 March 2013

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.

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21 March 2013

As part of its Ocean Initiatives taking place this March, SAR’s French member Surfrider Foundation Europe will be holding hundreds of beach clean up events in Europe and across the globe.

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