In a meeting organised by MEPs Chris Davies and Carl Haglund, Members of the European Parliament were urged to jointly engage in the process of reforming the Common Fisheries Policy after they were reminded that fisheries are a societal issue, affecting a wide variety of stakeholders and interests.

An investigation by the Paris Memoradum (MoU) of Understanding on Port State Control has concluded that a significant number of tankers could pose a risk to the environment.

In a letter supported by Seas At Risk, the NGO Platform on Shipbreaking has called on the Bangladeshi Prime Minister, to stop the dumping and breaking of ships on the beaches of Bangladesh.

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling for strict EU rules to protect the Arctic, including from ship-source black carbon emissions, heavy fuel oil used in ships, and oil drilling.

A new report on marine litter has highlighted a problem that not only ruins beaches and maims unsuspecting wildlife but costs governments and industry millions of Euros each year.

As part of a project evaluation, FISH and Seas At Risk have produced a short survey regarding the briefings they provide before all EU Fisheries Council meetings: Continue reading to give your feedback.

As an example of the project, the briefing - that has been sent out to all Fisheries Ministers, their advisors, several hundred other decision-makers and stakeholders before the December 2010 Council meeting - can be seen by following the links below. The survey takes approximately 5-10 minutes.

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Annex I

Annex II

In a new report that highlights failures concerning the Gulf oil spill, EU legislators have been given further reason to administer precaution and put in place an oil drilling moratorium in European waters.

After years of threatening regional EU action if the IMO didn’t tackle GHG emissions from ships, the European Commission has started 2011 by announcing a consultation on options for an EU measure.

EU Fisheries Ministers have reached an agreement on 2011 TACs and quotas following the EC's proposals in several instances, but also penning lower cuts and even increases for some stocks, doing away with the scientific advice and putting several fragile fisheries in jeopardy.

Continued wrangling over application of the principle of common but differentiated responsibility has again sunk hopes of a UNFCCC deal on GHG emissions from shipping.

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