Three years after the world’s worst oil spill at sea and EU legislators are on the verge of agreeing a weak and inadequate response to protecting the European marine environment from a Deepwater Horizon style future oil spill.
The European Parliament has achieved a historic vote in favour of several crucial reforms to the Common Fisheries Policy. Now the challenge will be getting EU ministers onboard to ensure these encouraging decisions are written into European law.
Covered in a sticky substance and unable to move, hundreds of seabirds have been found washed up along the South coast of Britain with experts speculating ship waste dumping as the likely source.
The US Food and Drug Administration Agency (FDA) is close to approving a genetically modified form of Atlantic salmon to be sold as food. If approved, the fish will become the first genetically modified animal to be available for human consumption.
Unilever has agreed to phase out micro beads from all its personal care products in a great success story for the marine environment and Seas At Risk member organisations the North Sea Foundation and MCS.
In their annual marathon meeting on next year’s fishing quota, EU Fisheries ministers have yet again fixed fishing limits for many fish stocks higher than proposed by the European Commission, which largely followed scientific advice.
Christmas has come early this year for European fish stocks as the European Parliament’s fisheries committee voted on the most important file of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. On the key topics such as restoring fish stocks to healthy levels, setting fishing limits according to scientific advice, and ending discards, MEPs have expressed their will to lead European fish stocks to a more sustainable future.
Four fantastic marine educational resources have been added this month on a variety of marine environmental topics including marine litter and fisheries. We now have 57 resources available and our online ecosystem looks set to continue growing in 2013!
Seas at Risk member, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has accused the government of a complete lack of ambition to preserve the seas. Out of a recommended 127 marine conservation zones in UK waters, the government has declared only 31 will be protected by the end of next year, none of which will have all activities banned.
SAR member the North Sea Foundation has been busy of late, gaining big wins in the Dutch parliament on microplastics and has put harbour porpoises under the spotlight in a major awareness raising campaign for the threatened species.