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12 December 2013

Brussels/ Strasbourg 12th December 2013 – The Maritime Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Management Directive was voted today in the European Parliament, with a final outcome that falls short of what is needed to support effective protection of the marine environment. 

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10 December 2013

Strasbourg/Brussels, 10th December 2013 --- The European Parliament voted today and undermined efforts to protect the deep sea from the most destructive fishing practices with the narrow adoption of a weak compromise agreed earlier in the Fisheries Committee by 342 to 326 votes.

“This is a very disappointing moment for the marine environment, leading to waste one of the most vulnerable ecosystems on the planet”, said Dr Monica Verbeek, Executive Director of Seas At Risk. “While the Council decided to stick the head in the abyss and not even look at the file, the Parliament decided to delay any solution for at least 7 years.”

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05 November 2013

The new economics foundation (nef) today released a study that shows how deep sea trawling is too much of a cost to pay.

 

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04 November 2013

The European Commission announced today that it will introduce new measures aiming to reduce the use of disposable plastic bags across Europe.

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04 November 2013

The Fisheries Committee voted on 4th November on the much delayed report revising the management regime for deep sea fisheries in the North-East Atlantic. The Committee disappointed the environmental community by failing to agree on measures to phase-out the most destructive fishing activities.

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21 October 2013

In a surprisingly swift response to civil society concerns about recent spills of PIB in the English Channel, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has agreed to reclassify the chemical and stop its routine discharge.

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30 September 2013

The European Commission presented the initiatives it intends to take to reduce plastic waste. These include a ban on landfilling, strengthen recycling targets, and a proposal to be released in two weeks on limiting single-use plastic bags.

 

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17 September 2013
The new international 'Beat the Microbead' App informs consumers of plastic presence in care products. It is available for free and in five languages.

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16 September 2013
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is celebrating the 2013 World Maritime Day (26th September) with a focus on sustainable development.

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13 September 2013
Welcome back after the holiday season to another issue of the SAR newsletter. Summer 2013 has seen a wealth of activities focusing on marine litter.  

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12 September 2013

The Global Ocean Commission (GOC) – an independent commission aimed at tackling issues facing the high seas - is seeking views on how to reverse degradation of the oceans and restore them to full, sustainable productivity.

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11 September 2013

Every year in August and September, volunteers across Europe devote part of their time to clean up beaches and coastal areas in their neighborhood. This summer, many members of Seas At Risk have organised cleanup days with activities wrapping up in the third week-end of September (20-22nd), coinciding with “Cleanup the World Day”.

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11 September 2013

SAR member the Marine Conservation Society is calling for members of the public to respond to a public consultation run by the Scottish Government on a draft marine litter strategy.

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07 August 2013

On the 8th June, World Ocean Day, cyclists from the Race for the Baltic team left Malmö on a 3-month journey cycling 3500km of Baltic Sea coastline across nine countries.

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10 July 2013

Undermining the recent EU agreement on the reformed Common Fisheries Policy to end overfishing (CFP), the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament today voted to restore EU subsidies for building new fishing vessels.

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03 July 2013

SAR’s French member, Surfrider Foundation Europe has today issued a call for a ban on single use plastic bags, on International Bag Free Day 2013.

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01 July 2013
Seas At Risk is ready for the summer season, with the political adoption of the main file of the CFP reform, developments on technology cooperation at the IMO, three new member organisations and more news. Read on and check out the latest news from our network. We will be back with another exciting SAR newsletter in September.

 

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28 June 2013

The European Commission has published today a proposal to monitor, report and verify (MRV) ship greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The measure will apply to all ships calling at EU ports and could be a precursor to actual reduction measures.

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19 June 2013

During a Fisheries Committee debate in the European Parliament on 18th June, the European Commission presented new evidence showing that the economic dependence on deep sea fisheries in Europe is low.

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18 June 2013

The fight against micro plastics has taken another leap forward after Seas At Risk’s Dutch member the North Sea Foundation successfully lobbied the Dutch government to call for a European wide ban of micro plastics in cosmetics.

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