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05 August 2009

Marine scientists from California are venturing out into the Pacific to find out more about the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch".

A research vessel carrying a team of about 30 researchers, technicians and crew members embarked on Sunday on a three-week voyage from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, based at the University of California at San Diego.

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30 July 2009
Marine pest species costing billions in damage to fisheries, coastal communities and infrastructure are spreading as the world’s shipping nations continue to largely neglect bringing into effect an international treaty setting out requirements for consistent handling and treatment of ships’ ballast water.  

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20 July 2009

July was the hottest month for the world's oceans in almost 130 years of record-keeping. The average water temperature worldwide was 17 Celsius, according to the National Climatic Data Center, the branch of the U.S. government that keeps world weather records. June was only slightly cooler, while August could set another record, scientists say. The previous record was set in July 1998 during a powerful El Nino in the Pacific.

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17 July 2009

President Sarkozy has announced France's support for a ban on international trade of bluefin tuna. Monaco and the UK have supported France's position.

The backing of two major EU countries for a ban on the international bluefin tuna trade has instantly given weight and momentum to the campaign by Monaco to have the bluefin listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) next year.

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17 July 2009

Currently working its way through the Irish legislative system is the Irish Climate Change Bill, something that Seas At Risk member organsiation Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment (VOICE) believes has the potential to be the strongest of its kind in the world.

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02 July 2009
The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SNF), a SAR member, has produced a report condemning the negative environmental effects of bottom trawling.According to the report, trawling is one of the least energy-efficient fishing methods and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.  

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30 June 2009

Surfrider is currently working on a study to evaluate the impact of the new European directive (2006/7/CE) on the classification of European beaches.

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25 June 2009
Overfishing and other human activities are encouraging giant jellyfish to prosper and take over parts of the sea. Jellyfish are normally kept in check by fish, which eat small jellyfish and compete for jellyfish food such as zooplankton, researchers said. But, with overfishing, jellyfish numbers are increasing.  

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24 June 2009

The Marine Conservation Society, a SAR member is working to prevent scallop dredging damaging current European Marine Sites.

A synopsis of a case made by MCS to permanently close scallop dredging and bottom-towed fishing gears from the Fal and Helford Special Area of Conservation in 2007-2008 is attached. MCS is following up this work by ensuring that the conservation agenciesprovide clearer (regulation 33) advice as to what activity is and isn't allowed in European marine sites.

Fal and Helford Case study Here is a related article by George Monbiot on scallop dredging
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17 June 2009

The Spring Alliance is a movement created by three civil society organisations, the European Environmental Bureau, the European Trade Union Confederation and Social Platform, later also joined by Concord. Although formed and steered by these four organisations, the alliance is supported by a large network of organisations.

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16 June 2009

According to a new investigation of the greenhouse gas’s role in ice ages over the millennia, Carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere has risen to its highest level in at least 2.1 million years.

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16 June 2009
The famous oceanographer Sylvia Earle has won the 2009 TED prize for her inspirational work at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades.Earle has led more than 50 expeditions worldwide involving more than 6,000 hours underwater. As captain of the first all-female team to live underwater, she and her fellow scientists received a ticker-tape parade and White House reception upon their return to the surface. In 1979, Sylvia Earle walked untethered on the sea floor at a lower depth than any other woman before or since.  

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07 June 2009

The start of European Fish Week got under way on Saturday June 5th and alongside a range of seminars, talks and associated events, lead organisers OCEAN2012 have launched a petition calling on Commissioner Maria Damanaki to put environmental sustainability at the heart of European fisheries policy .

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03 March 2009

The Council of Ministers has rejected a Commission proposal to count ship emissions towards national totals under a new global climate treaty if the IMO fails to agree reductions.

Ministers did however recognise that shipping emissions are growing fast and stressed that emission reduction targets for the sector “should be incorporated into the Copenhagen agreement and that Parties should commit to work through… the IMO to enable an international agreement that does not lead to competitive distortions or carbon leakage, that is agreed in 2010 and approved by 2011.”

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02 March 2009

The FAO has released its report on the “State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2008” at the start of its Committee on Fisheries meeting. The report highlights the impacts of climate change on fisheries and the impacts of the fishing fleet on habitats and the climate.

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10 February 2009

The Marine Conservation Society, Seas At Risk's member in the UK, has joined Google Earth's new Oceans initiative. Their contribution is a featured map layer showing where in the world some of the most sustainably-sourced kinds of fish come from.

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28 January 2009

The European Commission today released its proposals for an EU stance at the forthcoming Copenhagen United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting.

The document recognises that maritime transport is a large and rapidly growing source of greenhouse gas emissions and that it should now be included in the international climate change framework. It goes on to say that “as part of the Copenhagen agreement the UNFCCC should set targets for reducing the climate impact of [shipping] below 2005 levels by 2020, and significantly below 1990 levels by 2050.”

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12 December 2008

Today’s agreement by EU leaders on the most contentious aspects of the EU’s planned response to climate change, known as the climate and energy package, has been condemned as a failure by environment groups who are calling for the Parliament to reject it.

Green and development groups described today’s deal on the Effort Sharing law (which sets national emission targets for sectors not included in the EU’s emissions trading) as inconsistent with the EU’s long-standing target of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

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17 November 2008

Last week´s annual meeting of the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission has failed to take the steps necessary to protect high seas deep-water ecosystems and missed the UN General Assembly deadline for introducing protection measures.

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05 November 2008

A one day Seas At Risk conference on Climate and the Oceans ended today with a clear and urgent signal to the shipping & fishing industries that they must do more to reduce their GHG emissions and help tackle climate change.

The conference heard a series of scientists describe how climate change was impacting on the marine environment. They included Dr Keith Brander and Prof. Jürgen Willebrand, both lead authors for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent 4th Assessment Report.

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