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30 November 2010

At the Fisheries Council meeting which concluded last night, EU Ministers gambled that deep-sea stocks will survive another two years of overfishing, adopting only minor reductions in the allowable catches for deep-sea fisheries.

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29 November 2010
The 16th Convention of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is taking place in Cancun, Mexico from November 29th to December 10th. Here you will find information about the event as it relates to Seas At Risk's work and specifically GHG emissions from ships.

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28 October 2010

Participants at a seminar organised by Seas At Risk today concluded that low impact fisheries are a viable alternative to many current fishing methods and that the future CFP has a role to play in the promotion of such fisheries.

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28 October 2010

Seminar conclusions point at low impact fisheries being a viable alternative to many current fishing methods with an important role to be played by the future CFP in the promotion of such fisheries.

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20 October 2010

In an open letter sent to Ministers ahead of the EU Fisheries Council meeting next week, Seas At Risk and the Fisheries Secretariat have set out a list of recommendations for the Council’s decisions on fishing limits in the Baltic and the EU negotiating mandate on the management of bluefin tuna by the ICCAT.

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04 October 2010

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has taken steps to further regulate garbage from ships by agreeing to a set of proposed drafted amendments to existing regulations – Once adopted, strong enforcement will be crucial.

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17 September 2010

Ministers attending next week’s high level meeting of the OSPAR Commission in Norway will be asked by Seas At Risk, KIMO International and other environmental NGOs to support a manifesto calling for urgent action to deal with marine “garbage patches” and the build up of marine litter in the North-East Atlantic.

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08 June 2010

A new report by Seas At Risk highlights a number of ways that fisheries across Europe can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously reducing their damaging impact on the marine environment.

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28 April 2010

In next week’s meeting between the European Union’s fisheries ministers in Vigo, Spain, Seas At Risk and the Fisheries Secretariat have urged the ministers involved to support a ‘root and branch” reform of the CFP.

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23 April 2010

A joint project between Seas At Risk and member organisation Stichting De Noordzee has culminated in a new brochure detailing the escalating problem of marine litter - which is now available online.

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24 March 2010

A new Seas At Risk report assessing the potential of the shipping industry to cut its GHG emissions has concluded that if the main fleet sectors make full use of existing fleet overcapacity they could reduce emissions by as much as a third.

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09 March 2010

A report published by the coalition group OCEAN2012 - of whom Seas At Risk are a founding member – has documented an array of case studies illustrating how Europe’s fisheries might be managed to become more environmentally and socially sustainable.

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02 February 2010

“Market failures” have been blamed for putting off a more carbon efficient shipping sector as experts suggest an emissions trading scheme is ripe for shipping, a European Commission funded report has said.

 

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16 December 2009

After lengthy and difficult discussions, the Council reached agreement on fishing opportunities for 2010 on 15 December.

In a press conference, Sweden's Minister for Agriculture Erlandsson and Fisheries Commissioner Borg welcomed the agreement declaring it as an important step towards sustainable fisheries within the EU. Erlandsson stressed that the Commission Proposal had been based on scientific advice, whilst Borg clarified that the proposal also tried to lessen the short-term burden on the catching sector.

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10 December 2009
Fisheries in Community waters are regulated under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). According to the revised decision-making procedure under the Lisbon Treaty, the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament share the decision-making power and jointly decide on legislation in the framework of the CFP, based on legislative proposals from the European Commission.  

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20 November 2009

The EU Fisheries Ministers failed to reach any agreement on a new technical measures regulation at their November meeting.

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16 November 2009
International shipping emissions are a substantial and fast-growing source of emissions. They were left out of the Kyoto Protocol because Parties were unable to agree a methodology for allocating emissions to individual countries.

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13 October 2008

The Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation last week described the impacts of climate change as an “Orwellian” prospect, but failed to convince developing nations of the need for IMO action on greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

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21 March 2008

Bottom trawl fishing on the high seas is the most immediate and widespread threat to the unique and vulnerable biodiversity of the deep sea in international waters. For this reason Seas At Risk and many scientists, NGOs, and national authorities have been calling for the United Nations to establish a moratorium or temporary prohibition to provide protection for unique and largely unknown deep water areas of high biodiversity, e.g., seamounts, until effective and legally-binding measures can be put in place.

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14 February 2008

Santa Barbara, 14th February 2008. A global map of total human impact on the oceans shows that no area of the ocean is unaffected and over 40% experiences high levels of human influence.

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