At the close of a major fisheries stakeholder conference on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy , 11 prominent NGOs called on European Fisheries Ministers to promote a shift to “appropriately-scaled, community-based fisheries, using ecologically responsible, selective fishing technology and practices” in the new policy.

European Maritime Day, in its third year of life, is being acknowledged this May in the format of a five day event incorporating a range of talks and discussions concerning maritime affairs.

Seas At Risk is disappointed to see that today’s European Commission’s Communication on fishing opportunities in EU waters in 2011 does not contain any reference to United Nations’ requirements for the management of deep-sea fisheries on the high seas.

Over 70 artisanal coastal fisheries organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including Seas At Risk, have signed a joint declaration calling for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) to place sustainable artisanal coastal fisheries at the heart of the CFP.

This month saw the launch of a brand new international environmental coalition dedicated exclusively to the greening of international shipping.

In next week’s meeting between the European Union’s fisheries ministers in Vigo, Spain, Seas At Risk and the Fisheries Secretariat have urged the ministers involved to support a ‘root and branch” reform of the CFP.

A joint project between Seas At Risk and member organisation Stichting De Noordzee has culminated in a new brochure detailing the escalating problem of marine litter - which is now available online.

In response to a formal written question put forward by Caroline Lucas MEP, the European Commission has acknowledged the problem of waste at sea but has given little hope for immediate action to prevent this spiralling problem.

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has highlighted in its March report the need for drastic action to protect and restore the rich biodiversity of European waters.

A new Seas At Risk report assessing the potential of the shipping industry to cut its GHG emissions has concluded that if the main fleet sectors make full use of existing fleet overcapacity they could reduce emissions by as much as a third.

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