With the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) at a crucial phase, Seas At Risk are holding a one day seminar on the 28th October that will focus on low impact fisheries and the reform itself.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has taken steps to further regulate garbage from ships by agreeing to a set of proposed drafted amendments to existing regulations – Once adopted, strong enforcement will be crucial.

The first global agreement to cut carbon emissions from ships has been blocked by several developing countries. The International Maritime Organisation had been set to approve an Energy Efficient Design Index for ships at its meeting last week in London, following four years of work.

Ministers attending today’s North East Atlantic Environment Summit in Bergen have failed to take marine environmental issues seriously and have signed an unambitious ”Declaration of Delay”, ignoring a whole raft of urgent issues that demand action from them NOW, rather than vague commitments to do something in the future.

Environmental NGOs have commented on the work of the OSPAR Commission, calling on all contracting parties agree to a stronger and more ambitious Bergen Statement regarding the protection of the North-East Atlantic.

Ministers attending next week’s high level meeting of the OSPAR Commission in Norway will be asked by Seas At Risk, KIMO International and other environmental NGOs to support a manifesto calling for urgent action to deal with marine “garbage patches” and the build up of marine litter in the North-East Atlantic.

OCEAN2012, the European coalition group, have handed over 28,500 signatures to Commissioner Maria Damanaki, calling on her to prioritise the health of the marine environment in the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

Today marks the first implementation deadline regarding the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

In a letter to Commissioner Günther Oettinger, environmental NGOs have called for a moratorium on all new offshore oil exploitation projects in European waters.

One of the priorities for the Swedish Presidency of the EU, which takes over the presidency in 1 July, is environmental degradation in and around the Baltic Sea.

In particular, the Presidency will focus on eutrophication, algal blooms, overfishing and pollution.

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