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03 May 2011

The European Commission has published a new Biodiversity Strategy, aimed at achieving the headline target of halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020, and restoring them in so far as feasible, while stepping up the EU contribution to averting global biodiversity loss.

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29 April 2011

Several Members of the European Parliament are rallying for support to double the allowance of national aid for fishermen to €60,000 per enterprise - Seas At Risk and other environmental organisations strongly oppose such an increase.

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20 April 2011
On the 20th April 2010 an offshore drilling rig in the US Gulf coast exploded, killing 11 workers and leading to the release of an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the marine environment. It is one of the worst environmental disasters ever recorded and has highlighted the risky business of offshore oil drilling and the devastating impacts that can result from such activity. The event has also acted as a catalyst for a European and global response to ensure that lessons are learned and actions are taken to fully protect against oil spills from offshore installations.  

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20 April 2011

A 500 tonne cargo of suspected illegally caught fish worth millions of Euros has been seized by Spanish authorities, adding to a 600 tonne catch already being investigated in the port.

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05 April 2011

A U.N. backed study has concluded that fertilizing the oceans to boost the growth of tiny plants that would absorb green house gases is unlikely to work as a way to slow climate change.

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04 April 2011

Commissioner Damanaki has announced that the long awaited Commission proposal for a reformed Common Fisheries Policy will be ready on the 13th of July. Parliament and Council will then decide on the contents through the ordinary legislative procedure.

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04 April 2011

The International Maritime Organisation failed to reach agreement on global action to address GHGs from international shipping at a meeting in London last week. Environmental groups have repeated calls for EU action in the absence of progress on global measures.

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31 March 2011

Understanding marine litter and how waste enters our oceans is crucial in order to better realise the sorts of solutions that can tackle the problem – new materials uploaded to learn2sea.org provide a great opportunity to find out more.

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29 March 2011

The long awaited European Commission White Paper on Transport has called for at least a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 and for improved sharing of information amongst Member States on ship-source waste.

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28 March 2011

40,000 people, 35 countries and over 950 clean-up operations across the globe has signalled to policy makers that marine litter must be taken seriously and acted on accordingly through appropriate legislation.

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24 March 2011

With multiple sectors utilizing the marine and coastal environment, the competition for space has never been stronger. In response to this, the Commission has launched a public consultation that seeks to explore options for EU action in coastal management and maritime planning.

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17 March 2011

Seas At Risk and 88 other European and international organisations have called on President Barroso to honour the Commission’s commitment to end environmentally harmful subsidies.

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16 March 2011

The European Commission has launched an online consultation on offshore oil and gas platforms as part of its current deliberations over new EU standards to safeguard against a major oil spill in EU waters.

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13 March 2011

The European Commission has put forward a proposal for the review of the Energy Tax Directive which maintains an environmentally harmful exemption on tax for fuel used by the fishing and shipping sectors.

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10 March 2011

OSPAR countries have chosen to ignore damning reports concerning offshore oil drilling, opting against immediate action. Instead, they have decided to hope for the best by choosing to continue drilling in extreme conditions whilst no substantial safeguards have been put in place since the Gulf oil spill.

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09 March 2011

A study by American space agency NASA has concluded that polar ice sheets are losing mass at an accelerated rate and much faster than previously predicted, further highlighting the need for immediate measures to mitigate the effects of global warming.

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02 March 2011

At a meeting of Fisheries Ministers and Members of the European Parliament, Ministers from Denmark, France, Germany and the UK all gave their support to Commissioner Maria Damanaki’s call for a ban on discards.

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25 February 2011

In its sixteenth year running, Surfrider’s Ocean Initiatives - an annual cross European beach clean-up event - will take place this March, with the goal of trumping the 40,000 European citizens who attended the event last year.

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17 February 2011

The Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC) is calling on six European countries to ratify a crucial piece of marine environmental legislation, in order to enable their participation at a crucial vote on energy efficiency standards for ships at a meeting of the IMO this summer.

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12 February 2011

Seas At Risk has called on the European Commission to show more ambition in regards to the ongoing implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

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