The Environment Council agreed today to a long-term vision and a new biodiversity headline target for 2020. By agreeing to the strongest of four options proposed by the European Commission, the Council has given biodiversity a second chance after the failure to meet the target of halting biodiversity loss in the EU set for 2010.

The formal adoption by the Council of the European Union to support a trade ban on bluefin tuna was a positive move, but severly weakened by the conditions that came with it. The EU position is an important factor in negotiations next week on a global ban on the trade of this heavily endangered species.

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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