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Commercial fishing in the north-east Atlantic could be harming deep-sea fish populations a kilometre below the deepest reach of fishing trawlers, according to a 25-year study undertaken by a consortium of research institutes.

Scientists concluded that commercial fishing may have much wider effects than previously thought, reducing fish populations and changing deep-water communities which were assumed to be safely beyond the range of fishing boats.

The Council of Ministers has rejected a Commission proposal to count ship emissions towards national totals under a new global climate treaty if the IMO fails to agree reductions.

Ministers did however recognise that shipping emissions are growing fast and stressed that emission reduction targets for the sector “should be incorporated into the Copenhagen agreement and that Parties should commit to work through… the IMO to enable an international agreement that does not lead to competitive distortions or carbon leakage, that is agreed in 2010 and approved by 2011.”

The FAO has released its report on the “State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2008” at the start of its Committee on Fisheries meeting. The report highlights the impacts of climate change on fisheries and the impacts of the fishing fleet on habitats and the climate.

The Marine Conservation Society, Seas At Risk's member in the UK, has joined Google Earth's new Oceans initiative. Their contribution is a featured map layer showing where in the world some of the most sustainably-sourced kinds of fish come from.

The European Commission today released its proposals for an EU stance at the forthcoming Copenhagen United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting.

The document recognises that maritime transport is a large and rapidly growing source of greenhouse gas emissions and that it should now be included in the international climate change framework. It goes on to say that “as part of the Copenhagen agreement the UNFCCC should set targets for reducing the climate impact of [shipping] below 2005 levels by 2020, and significantly below 1990 levels by 2050.”

Today’s agreement by EU leaders on the most contentious aspects of the EU’s planned response to climate change, known as the climate and energy package, has been condemned as a failure by environment groups who are calling for the Parliament to reject it.

Green and development groups described today’s deal on the Effort Sharing law (which sets national emission targets for sectors not included in the EU’s emissions trading) as inconsistent with the EU’s long-standing target of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

Last week´s annual meeting of the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission has failed to take the steps necessary to protect high seas deep-water ecosystems and missed the UN General Assembly deadline for introducing protection measures.

A one day Seas At Risk conference on Climate and the Oceans ended today with a clear and urgent signal to the shipping & fishing industries that they must do more to reduce their GHG emissions and help tackle climate change.

The conference heard a series of scientists describe how climate change was impacting on the marine environment. They included Dr Keith Brander and Prof. Jürgen Willebrand, both lead authors for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent 4th Assessment Report.

The Seas At Risk "Climate & Oceans" conference took place in Brussels on the 5th November 2008. The speakers drew the attention of the public to the marine impacts of climate change and the mitigation challenges facing the fishing and shipping industries.

The potential impacts of climate change on the environment are serious and relatively well-known, but the specific impacts on the marine environment seem to have a lesser hold on the minds of the public and decision makers.

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