Brussels dressed up in blue for the week of 3rd-9th February. Seas At Risk, together with six leading NGOs (BirdLife Europe, ClientEarth, Oceana, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Surfrider Foundation Europe and WWF), organised the first Ocean Week 2020 to raise awareness of the challenges facing our ocean and to call for bold policy action.

Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries addressed the attendees of Seas At Risk’s Ocean Action! conference, sharing his views on the Blue Manifesto and explaining how the European Green Deal can improve the state of the marine environment. He outlined his political priorities for this Commission mandate and acknowledged the need to address ocean challenges at international level, noting that the ocean does not have borders.


Thank you for showing up in such numbers. At this crucial time for the ocean, it is heart-warming to see so many keen to act in its interest. Not that the ocean needs us – it’s we who need the ocean.

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