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31 January 2011

The expansion of what are commonly known as ‘dead zones’ in the world's oceans are growing in size and consequentially further exposing certain fish stocks to higher levels of overfishing, a new study has found.

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31 January 2011

Seas At Risk member the North Sea Foundation has celebrated its 30th birthday with a symposium and auction that helped raise €2000 for the organization.

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28 January 2011

Representing the interests of plastics manufacturers, the lobby group Plastics Europe has complained to the European Commission and is trying to overturn an Italian government initiative that would reduce the amount of plastic bags entering the marine environment.

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27 January 2011
Estonia, Greece, Finland and Malta have failed to transpose the Marine Strategy Framework Directive into national legislation, thus breaching the legal requirements of the Directive. The European Commission has sent an initial warning to these Member States.  

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25 January 2011

In a meeting organised by MEPs Chris Davies and Carl Haglund, Members of the European Parliament were urged to jointly engage in the process of reforming the Common Fisheries Policy after they were reminded that fisheries are a societal issue, affecting a wide variety of stakeholders and interests.

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24 January 2011

An investigation by the Paris Memoradum (MoU) of Understanding on Port State Control has concluded that a significant number of tankers could pose a risk to the environment.

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23 January 2011

In a letter supported by Seas At Risk, the NGO Platform on Shipbreaking has called on the Bangladeshi Prime Minister, to stop the dumping and breaking of ships on the beaches of Bangladesh.

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21 January 2011

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling for strict EU rules to protect the Arctic, including from ship-source black carbon emissions, heavy fuel oil used in ships, and oil drilling.

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06 January 2011

In a new report that highlights failures concerning the Gulf oil spill, EU legislators have been given further reason to administer precaution and put in place an oil drilling moratorium in European waters.

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04 January 2011

After years of threatening regional EU action if the IMO didn’t tackle GHG emissions from ships, the European Commission has started 2011 by announcing a consultation on options for an EU measure.

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15 December 2010

EU Fisheries Ministers have reached an agreement on 2011 TACs and quotas following the EC's proposals in several instances, but also penning lower cuts and even increases for some stocks, doing away with the scientific advice and putting several fragile fisheries in jeopardy.

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11 December 2010

Continued wrangling over application of the principle of common but differentiated responsibility has again sunk hopes of a UNFCCC deal on GHG emissions from shipping.

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06 December 2010

Designed to help the shipping sector reduce its carbon footprint, a free online database detailing the energy efficiency of ocean going ships has been set-up.

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03 December 2010

After complaints from Seas At Risk member Danmarks Naturfredningsforening (DN), the European Commission has written to the Danish government over violations concerning dredging permits in a Natura 2000 site.

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03 December 2010

Seas At Risk’s dedicated educational site has added numerous resources this year, including recent updates in German and French; giving you the chance to explore the oceans online and articulate in another accent!

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30 November 2010

The European Environmental Agency (EEA) presented its fourth European environment-state and outlook 2010 report (SOER 2010) in the European Parliament today, pointing out a number of serious marine environmental concerns and highlighting the need for a significant reform of the CFP.

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24 November 2010

In light of failed international efforts to meet an agreed 10% target for marine protected areas (MPAs), Seas At Risk member Liga para a Protecção da Natureza has launched a global online petition calling for governments to expand and strengthen MPAs.

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24 November 2010

‘Stop ai sacchetti di plastica’ or otherwise known as ‘Stop plastic bags’, the current campaign being run by Italian NGO and Seas At Risk member Legambiente, calls for an outright ban on a menace to the marine environment - the disposable plastic bag.

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18 November 2010

Last week saw Seas At Risk member Stichting De Noordzee (SDN) help launch the European expansion of the Clean Shipping Index, welcoming the first Dutch company to join the environmental performance monitoring tool.

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16 November 2010

Seas At Risk are pleased to announce that German environmental group BUND and the Belgian/Dutch organisation Sea First Foundation have joined the association.

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