Ahead of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting on June 28, Seas At Risk and the Fisheries Secretariat have submitted environmental guidance to ministers on issues relating to access, overcapacity and the use of subsidies.

A new report by Seas At Risk highlights a number of ways that fisheries across Europe can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously reducing their damaging impact on the marine environment.

EU greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping sector for 2008 fell for the first time in almost twenty years, a report by the European Environment Agengy (EEA) has found.

A statement released by 9 NGOs regarding the European Commission’s communication on fishing opportunities for 2011 has called on the European Union to scale up its effort in order to protect and recover fish populations.

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.

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