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10 August 2011

Seas At Risk member, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), has set sail for the month of August to publicize the stress being put on the fragile Baltic Sea.

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09 August 2011

In response to the European Commission’s consultation on reducing the use of plastic bags, Seas At Risk has put full support behind the call for a Europe wide ban on disposable bags and measures to encourage the uptake of sustainably sourced long life alternatives.

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29 July 2011

Seas At Risk member, the Marine Conservation Society, is urging coastal lovers to join forces for this year’s September beach clean, as results from last Autumn's clean up shows litter levels are still rising on UK beaches.

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18 July 2011

NGOs are cautiously celebrating substantial revisions to global ship waste rules, as adopted at the IMO last week. NGOs are however concerned about loopholes and the likely inability of governments to properly enforce the new regulations.

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14 July 2011

The European Commission has launched a long awaited public consultation on port reception facilities, an important step as part of the review of Directive 2000/59 which has the potential to significantly prevent ship waste dumping.

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13 July 2011

Environmental groups including Seas At Risk have welcomed the adoption of a global energy efficiency standard for new ships, but called for further actions to reduce GHG emissions from shipping.

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13 July 2011

The European Commission has today published its proposal for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. After 2 years of consultations, the proposal contains valuable elements, but falls short of what is needed to ensure sustainable fisheries in the EU.

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28 June 2011

At the June Fisheries Council meeting, EU Fisheries Ministers outrageously backed out of their international commitment to end overfishing by 2015 and chose to oppose the Commission’s proposals that would result in more sustainable fisheries.

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28 June 2011

At the June Fisheries Council meeting, EU Fisheries Ministers outrageously backed out of their international commitment to end overfishing by 2015 and chose to oppose the Commission’s proposals that would result in more sustainable fisheries.

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21 June 2011

EU Environment Ministers meeting earlier today have given only half-hearted support to the Commission’s Biodiversity Strategy, sending a worrying signal regarding the chances of achieving their commitment to halt the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020.

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08 June 2011

This year’s theme focuses on “Youth: the Next Wave for Change”. In light of this, Seas At Risk are challenging all comers of all ages to discover the world's oceans online and learn a new language too.

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04 June 2011

Due to continued overfishing, some fish stocks are now at perilously low levels, but it was not always like this: Fish Week 2011 looks to explore how the marine environment used to be healthier, how overfishing has changed this and how the EU’s CFP reform is an opportunity to go Back to the Future.

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03 June 2011

A United Nations (UN) meeting on oceans biodiversity has heard how poorly high seas fishing nations have performed in implementing their commitments to ground breaking resolutions adopted in 2006 and 2009, designed to protect biodiversity in the deep sea.

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25 May 2011

The European Commission has launched a consultation on catch quotas for 2012, asking for the first time for opinions of all stakeholders including the general public.

The online consultation runs until mid July and is specifically targeting the opinions of European Citizens on the way in which levels of fishing effort and fishing quotas are set in relation to scientific advice about sustainable fishing. The consultation focuses on two major recurring problems. The first is the mismatch between scientific assessments which determine sustainable catch levels and the on average much higher final catch limits decided by fisheries Ministers who regularly ignore the science. Commissioner Damanaki wants to tighten the rules so that decisions are closer to the advice. The second issue is what to do when scientific predictions and recommendations are uncertain because the available data is insufficient. The Commission proposes that in these cases the precautionary principle is applied and TACs are reduced by 25% or more if necessary until the concerned Member States come up with data for scientists to work with. The Commission consultation paper highlights that while some EU fish stocks have improved, the majority is still considered overfished. The EU has committed to end overfishing and to manage all fisheries at levels enabling Maximum Sustainable Yield by 2015. With this goal fast approaching, efforts must be stepped up. At the launch of the consultation, Commissioner Maria Damanaki for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries reminded the press that bringing all overfished stocks back to sustainable levels will benefit people and the environment. More fish in the sea will help to bring back profitability to European fishing communities and ensure that less effort and time is needed at sea to bring back the same amount of catch, resulting in less impact on the marine environment, reduced by-catch of unwanted species, less fish discarded and less CO2 emitted. Seas At Risk will respond to the consultation and inform fisheries Ministers of its opinion.

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24 May 2011

The umbrella group ‘NGO Shipbreaking Platform’ is calling on Bangladesh to refuse entry and dismantling of the Probo Koala ship – the vessel that became infamous in the case of 528 tonnes of toxic waste being dumped in the Ivory Coast in 2006.

The NGOs are concerned that the ship will be broken down in an unsafe and environmentally damaging manner because of expectations that the Probo Koala contains many tonnes of hazardous asbestos, PCBs, toxic paints, fuel and chemical residues. In 2010, a Dutch court found the multinational company Trafigura guilty of illegally exporting toxic waste from Amsterdam in the Probo Koala. Two months after the waste was dumped in Abidijan, the largest city in the Ivory Coast, over 107,000 people had been registered as having been affected by it. According to the Ivorian authorities, 16 people died as a result of their exposure to the waste. Seas At Risk member organisation, the North Sea Foundation is a member of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.

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24 May 2011

Presenting her own report on illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing at the European Parliament, MEP Isabella Lövin has called for the European Commission to strengthen its battle against IUU fishing.

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20 May 2011

The European Maritime Day is being celebrated with a conference titled “Putting People First”. Around 1000 participants have gathered in the Polish coastal city to discuss the challenges currently facing maritime sectors in Europe.

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18 May 2011

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on plastic carrier bags and in particular is assessing the effectiveness of a ban or levy to discourage and reduce their use.

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12 May 2011

With blatant disregard for the EU’s commitments on climate change and biodiversity loss, and in a move that could encourage further overfishing of depleted fish stocks, European Parliamentarians have voted favourably on a resolution urging the European Commission to increase national fuel subsidies for the fishing industry.

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05 May 2011

Reports of EU plans to pay fishers to catch plastic, rather than fish, is a double edged sword: cleaning up marine litter is desperately needed but paying fishers to collect plastic in a manner that keeps afloat a largely unsustainable industry is tantamount to an environmentally damaging subsidy.

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