This year is the final chance for the Commission and EU Fisheries Ministers to honour their legal commitment to end overfishing in EU waters by 2020. It is clear, however, that insufficient progress has been made to date, despite the looming deadline. Now more than ever, the Commission and Fisheries Ministers must follow scientific advice if they are to achieve sustainable fisheries and restore our ocean to health.

On the occasion of the Ocean Pavilion event, organised by Surfrider Foundation Europe just ahead of the G7 Summit in France in August, Monica Verbeek, Executive Director at Seas At Risk, called on the G7 leaders to take stronger action. She noted that the G7 should take a leading role to end overfishing by 2020 and to ensure the implementation of a coherent network of effective, well-protected and well-managed Marine Protected Areas, covering at least 30% of coastal and marine waters by 2030 globally.

Deep sea mining proponents such as the International Seabed Authority (ISA) claim that economic prosperity can only be secured if the global supply of metals doubles by the middle of this century. Yet UNEP’s International Resource Panel (IRP) brings a different perspective on the future needs for metals and calls for a new global governance mechanism to oversee the sustainable use and supply of mineral resources. Seas At Risk calls on ISA member countries to rethink their support for deep sea mining in light of the UNEP-IRP’s findings and recommendations.

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