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01 February 2012

Ahead of a major EU Parliament vote on the reform of the CFP, people from all over Europe are being encouraged to paint a fish and to send them on to MEPs! The Paint a Fish campaign wants to make it clear to Parliamentarians: Fish stocks need to recover and now is the opportunity for action.

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22 January 2012

The European Commission’s work on an EU ship GHG measure has taken a further step forward with the launch of an on-line public consultation. This follows a series of stakeholder events where industry and environment groups, including Seas At Risk, were briefed and able to put their ideas forward.

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12 January 2012

Over 70% of respondents to a European Commission public consultation have voted in favour of a ban on the distribution of plastic bags. Green groups Seas At Risk and EEB say the Commission should now act on this overwhelming support and implement a ban across Europe.

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10 January 2012

The protection of the world’s oceans look set to be given greater prominence at Rio+20, but the recently published draft outcome document needs significant strengthening if this important opportunity is to result in the urgent actions that are needed to save our seas.

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20 December 2011

A new brochure produced by Seas At Risk and other european ENGOs gives an up-to-date overview of what is happening at the UN and EU level on air pollution from ships and provides recommendations on how to cut emissions quickly and significantly.

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19 December 2011

Fisheries Ministers have once again missed their opportunity to place European fisheries on the path to sustainability. Fisheries Council negotiations on fishing limits for 2012 have resulted in a decision to set Total Allowable Catches (TACs) at a level which exceeds scientifically recommended limits.

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13 December 2011

In advance of the Fisheries Council meeting this week at which fishing limits for 2012 will be set, Seas At Risk is calling on EU Fisheries Ministers to follow the best available scientific advice and set limits that enable the EU to achieve its target of rebuilding fish stocks to sustainable levels by 2015.

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13 December 2011
Just under ten years ago, North Sea Ministers acknowledged that a new approach would be needed to minimise the impact of commercial shipping on the environment.  

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12 December 2011

Today the European Court of Auditors has released a report which severely condemns the way in which EU fisheries subsidies aimed at reducing fleet overcapacity have been used so far. The Court has found that billions of Euros of public expenditure have done little to align fleet capacity with available fishing opportunities.

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10 December 2011

Last week’s COP17 conference on climate change ended with a deal made in extra time that promisingly prolongs the fate of the Kyto Protocol but does nothing to ensure the deep, immediate cuts in GHG emissions that are needed to protect our oceans now.

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09 December 2011

SAR member the North Sea Foundation has called for action on underwater noise – A growing problem that in some instances can threaten the very survival of marine life due to biological sounds needed for communication and orientation being drowned out.

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08 December 2011

SAR member organization the Marine Conservation Society has shown up the UK Government after the Minister for Environment announced a delay to the designation of Marine Conservation Zones around the English coast; a scenario which will mean the failure of the UK to meet an international commitment on Marine Protected Areas by 2012.

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06 December 2011

It is estimated by scientists that around 250 billion pieces of plastic are swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. With this in mind, it’s good to know there are solutions at our disposal and on Seas At Risk’s educational website Learn2sea.org we’ve uploaded some excellent new materials for teachers, children, adults, industry and NGOs to discover more!

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05 December 2011
It’s nearly 20 years since the first “Earth Summit” was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. A tenth anniversary event was held in 2002 and preparations are now well underway for the twentieth anniversary conference in that same Brazilian city. Terrestrial issues have traditionally dominated these events but with UNEP identifying “global ocean collapse” as a key emerging issue, Rio +20 must also become the first global "Oceans Summit".  

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02 December 2011

The European Commission has presented its proposal for a new subsidies framework for the fisheries and maritime sectors. While the proposal contains significant improvements in relation to the current Fisheries Fund, some measures will continue to pump taxpayers’ money into fleets operating at overcapacity.

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23 November 2011

At an event organised by Seas At Risk in the European Parliament, broad support was given by participants, including Commissioner Damanaki, for the inclusion of policy measures to encourage low impact fisheries in the new CFP. It is now up to MEPs and Fisheries Ministers to seize this once-in-a-decade opportunity of the reform of the CFP to give low impact fisheries the attention they deserve.

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22 November 2011

In the context of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) SAR is hosting a lunch time event at the European Parliament in Brussels. Join us to hear the views of Commissioner Maria Damanaki, Members of the European Parliament and other key stakeholders on how Low Impact Fisheries can be promoted through the reform of the CFP.

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22 November 2011

In the context of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) SAR is hosting a lunch time event at the European Parliament. Join us to hear the views of Commissioner Maria Damanaki, Members of the European Parliament and other key stakeholders on how Low Impact Fisheries can be promoted through the reform of the CFP.

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21 November 2011

The Shark Alliance has welcomed the long-awaited proposal from the European Commission for closing the loopholes in the EU’s ban on shark finning, the wasteful practice of slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea.

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03 November 2011

SAR member organisation BUND has set out a list of demands for the outcome of the Rio+20 conference next year, calling for a commitment to sustainability that goes beyond greening the economy. The group also picks up on marine concerns, highlighting sustainable fisheries, MPAs and marine litter.

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