Seas At Risk is delighted to announce that the Irish Wildlife Trust is joining our network, bringing our membership to 32 organisations in 16 EU countries.

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.

Environmental NGOs launch new rescue plan for Europe to make our ocean healthy by 2030 - Today, 102 environmental organisations (1), led by Seas At Risk, BirdLife Europe, ClientEarth, Oceana, Surfrider Foundation Europe and WWF are launching the “Blue Manifesto” (2). The rescue plan lays out concrete actions which must be delivered by set dates in order to turn the tide on the ever-degraded and polluted ocean and coastlines. 

Despite decades of warnings, all of the indicators on biodiversity, acidification, fish stocks and pollution point to an international state of crisis.

Our future depends on the protection and restoration of our ocean and seas. The ocean produces more than 50% of the oxygen we breathe, is the main food source for more than 3.5 billion people and regulates our climate. We need marine ecosystems to be rich in fauna, flora and genetic biodiversity so that they can perform their natural functions and help us to mitigate the worst effects of climate breakdown.

Overfishing. Pollution. Acidification. Warming. Our precious ocean and the life that calls it home are now more at risk than ever before.  Ocean Week 2020 - seven days of events, discussions and activities in Brussels and beyond - puts the spotlight on the huge threats faced by marine species and habitats while offering real solutions on how to solve them. We need thriving biodiversity in our oceans to support life on earth. 

IMO must act to stop new “Super Pollutant” shipping fuels in Arctic and globally. Urgent questions to be answered by oil and marine fuel industry 

EU Fisheries Ministers today failed to meet their legal obligation to end overfishing by 2020, setting fishing limits for the North Sea and North East Atlantic that go beyond the sustainable limits recommended by scientists (e.g. cod in the west of Scotland, Celtic sea sole and pollack in the Bay of Biscay and Atlantic Iberian waters).

Brussels, December 16, 2019:- As EU Fisheries Ministers gather today in Brussels to set fishing levels for the North East Atlantic for 2020, 13-year-old Farrah Delrue and 10-year-old Josephine Seton - representing current and future generations - presented European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius, and Minister Jari Leppa representing the Finnish Presidency of the Council, with more than half a million signatures from EU citizens who are calling for an end to overfishing by EU member states. EU Member states are required to end overfishing by 2020, under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) [1,2].

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