NGOs including Seas At Risk, Sciaena, Our Fish, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition and more, hosted a media briefing followed by a Q/A session to announce the publication of ‘Back to the source’, a joint paper outlining 10 ocean-related solutions for the implementation of the EU Biodiversity and Farm to Fork Strategies. The briefing took place ahead of the release of the EU Parliament draft Own Initiative (INI) report on the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030, which was presented in both the Environment and Fisheries Committee on January 14th.

Early this morning European Fisheries Ministers concluded negotiations on an atypical December AGRIFISH Council meeting, with the pending outcome of Brexit impacting this year´s agenda.

Seas At Risk, together with Our Fish, ClientEarth, Sciaena, the Pew Charitable Trust and Oceana, hosted a press briefing ahead of the upcoming AGRIFISH Council meeting at which EU countries will set fishing limits for 2021 for some 30 fish stocks managed exclusively by the EU. 

European policy makers reached a provisional agreement today on how to structure the 6.1 billion EUR budget of the next European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) 2021-2027. 

Marine environmental organisations have expressed dismay at the continued inaction of the European Commission, France and Spain, in the face of thousands of expected dolphin deaths in fishing nets in the Bay of Biscay this winter.  The season in which these needless and cruel deaths peak starts today.    

The report “Marine environment: EU protection is wide but not deep”, published today by the European Court of Auditors, assesses the effectiveness of EU policies to address the main pressures on the marine environment. The analysis shows the failure on the part of the EU to restore seas to good environmental status and fishing to sustainable levels.

The Clean Arctic Alliance today slammed the decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to approve a ban ridden with loopholes on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic (HFO), saying that it would leave the Arctic, its Indigenous communities and its wildlife facing the risk of a HFO spill for another decade [1]. 

The EU Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy targets a 25-fold increase in offshore wind, together with significant deployment of wave, tidal, thermal and other marine renewable energy. Seas At Risk welcomes this step in the transition to renewable energy but cautions that countries will have to dramatically step-up the implementation of environmental legislation if this large-scale infrastructure deployment is not to come at the cost of marine biodiversity.

Governments have backtracked on their own commitments to urgently reduce climate-heating emissions from the shipping sector, at a key meeting of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) held virtually this week. 

As the first virtual meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (IMO, MEPC 75) opens today, the Clean Arctic Alliance implored member states to amend and improve its draft ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in the Arctic [1] or risk implementing a “paper ban” - a weak regulation that will leave the Arctic exposed to a greater risk of oil spills and black carbon pollution from HFO in the future, as shipping in the region increases.

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