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18 October 2012

In a letter sent ahead of the October Fisheries Council meeting, SAR and FISH have made a final call on EU Fisheries Ministers to oppose all proposals that allow aid for new builds, modernisation and/or engine replacements, decommissioning and temporary cessation.

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17 October 2012

12 out of 22 EU Member States have failed to meet a crucial deadline for reporting requirements under the Marine Directive, a Commission scorecard has detailed today. This disappointing finding puts in question whether European states are interested in saving our already fragile marine environment.

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10 October 2012

The European Parliament’s lead Committee reporting on the European Commission’s proposal for regulation on offshore drilling has given into intense lobbying from industry and voted for a major watering down of the proposal.

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09 October 2012

SAR German member BUND has announced the winner of their comic book competition that saw almost a hundred proposals highlighting the problem of marine litter and the inputs that come from ships.

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08 October 2012

EU ministers have signed a Declaration today on a Marine and Maritime Agenda for growth and jobs. Seas at Risk and 18 other environmental NGOs are concerned that such plans will come at the expense of the marine environment and have called on ministers to respect the ‘limits to blue growth’.

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05 October 2012

In a position paper sent to European ministers ahead of Monday’s expected ‘Limassol Declaration’ on the Integrated Maritime Policy, Seas at Risk and 18 other ENGOs have called on ministers to respect the ‘limits to blue growth’ and ensure that strategies to strengthen the maritime economy do not come at the expense of the marine environment.

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01 October 2012

In response to a statement from EC Vice-President Kallas and EU Commissioner Hedegaard on GHG emissions from shipping NGOs T&E and Seas at Risk have issued the following joint statement.

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25 September 2012

To the relief of SAR French member organisation Surfrider Foundation Europe, France’s highest court has upheld the conviction of oil major Total in the case of the 1999 Erika oil spill.

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14 September 2012

It’s the biggest beach clean-up in the UK and this year SAR member the Marine Conservation Society is running their ‘Beachwatch Big Weekend’ hoping to attract many thousands of volunteers in the fight against marine litter.

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27 August 2012

The negotiations on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund are currently gathering speed. In a joint position paper, BirdLife Europe, Greenpeace, Oceana, OCEAN2012 and WWF are calling for a shift of funds away from subsidies that incentivise and support overfishing to funds that support sustainable fisheries and healthy marine ecosystems.

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24 August 2012

Spanish organisation the ENT Foundation has become a new Sea At Risk member. The group’s work largely focuses on research interests related to environmental affairs, development and international cooperation.

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21 August 2012

A major new campaign to tackle microplastics entering the marine environment has been launched. SAR has signed on to help solve the problem of micro beads found in 100’s of personal hygiene products that can end up down our plug holes and into our seas.

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21 August 2012

An online Avaaz petition has been launched that calls on European decision makers to stand up to the formidable oil industry and to ensure that a proposal to protect against offshore oil spills is not watered down.

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20 August 2012

Several EU Member States are leaving it to the last possible minute to carry out an important phase of the Marine Directive and now need to speed up their efforts to ensure that a European Commission reporting deadline is achieved by October 15.

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13 August 2012

Seas At Risk welcomed new member organisation Evo Vitae at its Annual General Assembly held earlier this year. The Slovenian NGO’s marine focus is on tackling marine litter and current campaigns involve awareness raising, beach cleans and monitoring.

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19 July 2012

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) today welcomed the proposal by the European Commission to phase out destructive deep-sea bottom trawling and bottom gillnetting by EU fishing fleets in the Northeast Atlantic.

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11 July 2012

In its adoption of an overarching communication on the CFP reform, the Parliament’s Fisheries Committee has encouragingly supported the objective of keeping EU fish stocks above levels that are capable of producing MSY, again signalling the Parliament’s intent to achieve a more sustainable CFP.

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11 July 2012

Discussions in the Parliament on the Commission’s offshore drilling Proposal has given mixed messages, with two reports backing a strong legislative response to protect against oil leaks, whilst another rejected several measures, seemingly having caved under the pressure of the oil and gas industry.

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04 July 2012

Despite a largely positive Commission proposal for regulation on offshore safety, the risk of oil or gas accidents in EU waters will remain unacceptably high. Now that it is under discussion by Parliament and Council, it needs strengethening, not watering down.

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03 July 2012

European Green groups GAIA, EEB and Seas At Risk have called on the European Commission to ban single-use plastic bags on the occasion of International bag-free day. A year after a public consultation on the topic, still no plan has been set out for an EU approach.

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