In light of failed international efforts to meet an agreed 10% target for marine protected areas (MPAs), Seas At Risk member Liga para a Protecção da Natureza has launched a global online petition calling for governments to expand and strengthen MPAs.

In an open letter sent out to EU Fisheries Ministers, Seas At Risk and the Fisheries Secretariat have called on Ministers to be very cautious when setting catch limits for deep-sea fisheries where stock data is unavailable.

Last week saw Seas At Risk member Stichting De Noordzee (SDN) help launch the European expansion of the Clean Shipping Index, welcoming the first Dutch company to join the environmental performance monitoring tool.

The North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) held its Annual Meeting from the 8th - 12th November 2010.

At a European Commission Workshop yesterday Green MEP Keith Taylor called on the EU to take action on marine litter as Commissioner Potočnik urged for greater focus on solutions.

Participants at a seminar organised by Seas At Risk today concluded that low impact fisheries are a viable alternative to many current fishing methods and that the future CFP has a role to play in the promotion of such fisheries.

Seminar conclusions point at low impact fisheries being a viable alternative to many current fishing methods with an important role to be played by the future CFP in the promotion of such fisheries.

In an open letter sent to Ministers ahead of the EU Fisheries Council meeting next week, Seas At Risk and the Fisheries Secretariat have set out a list of recommendations for the Council’s decisions on fishing limits in the Baltic and the EU negotiating mandate on the management of bluefin tuna by the ICCAT.

Countries meeting at the tenth conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are presented with a golden opportunity to give biodiversity a life-line and prevent further critical losses across the world.

In a landmark ruling made last week, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Government has announced that a ban on trawling will be enforced in Hong Kong waters.

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