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13 May 2020

Seas At Risk together with Birdlife, ClientEarth and Our Fish wrote a letter to EU Commission Vice-President Timmermans to voice their concern regarding a potential lack of consideration for the harmful environmental impacts of seafood production in the soon to be released Farm to Fork strategy. The most recent draft did not include any comprehensive measures or targets for a transition to a more sustainable fisheries and aquaculture sector. The current seafood production system is ecologically unsustainable and a major driver of marine biodiversity loss. Therefore, the NGOs urged in the letter, adjusting the upcoming strategy to include appropriate measures is crucial to achieve a truly sustainable European food production.

 

30 April 2020

In the current context of Covid-19 economic crisis, Seas At Risk together with other marine NGOs wrote a letter to the European Commission Vice President Timmermans and Commissioner Sinkevičius. NGOs ask to the two politicians to ensure that Europe’s public stimulus investments to maritime sectors (and all economic sectors which have impacts on the ocean) are conditional on protecting and restoring the ocean’s health. In the letter, NGOs recall the Blue Manifesto as a blue answer to the European Green Deal.

30 April 2020

Seas At Risk together with other marine NGOs released a joint report outlining a framework for Covid-19 recovery measures in the fisheries sector. The report sets out ten principles – such as clarity and transparency, consultation and institutional integrity – to guide fisheries support policies and ensure long-term benefits for nature and people beyond emergency relief. The framework aims at helping policy makers develop and appraise response to policy options, leading to a healthier fishing sector and marine environment.

An Executive Summary of the report is also available.

28 April 2020

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, Seas At Risk co-signed with the Break Free from Plastic movement an open letter to EU policy makers. The letter urges policy makers to oppose the scientifically unfounded claims coming from the industry, who ask to postpone or question the Single-Use Plastics Directive.

20 April 2020

The fisheries and aquaculture sectors have been hard hit by the economic impacts of the Covid-19 crisis and swift action is necessary to support those whose livelihoods are threatened. However, the emergency nature of the situation should not force damaging decisions that will lead to further degradation of the ocean. The European Commission has proposed measures to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Seas At Risk’s recommendations aim to ensure that these proposed emergency measures do not lead to the reintroduction of subsidies that would be harmful to the environment, the economy and society in general. More specifically, the current crisis should not create a precedent whereby future EMFF funds are used to support unviable businesses. Instead, all measures should seek to support the transition to sustainable, low-impact fishers and aquaculture farmers, thereby protecting both livelihoods and the marine environment.

 

03 March 2020

On Tuesday March 3, 2020, the 164 WTO member governments will have 100 days to negotiate and finalize a new WTO agreement to end harmful fisheries subsidies and fulfil the mandate of UN Sustainable Development Goal 14.6. The WTO’s Twelfth Ministerial Conference starts on June 8, World Ocean Day and ends on June 11.

109 organizations have signed a policy statement - available in English and French - urging world leaders to deliver on their commitment. 

 

28 January 2020

More than 100 environmental organisations, led by Seas At Risk, BirdLife Europe, ClientEarth, Oceana, Surfrider Foundation Europe and WWF launched the “Blue Manifesto”. The rescue plan lays out concrete actions which must be delivered by set dates in order to turn the tide on the ever-degraded and polluted ocean and coastlines. To be successful, change is needed on both land and sea. The NGOs call for: At least 30% of the ocean to be highly or fully protected by 2030, Shift to low-impact fishing; Securing a pollution-free ocean; Planning of human activities that support the restoration of thriving marine ecosystems. 

Press Release available in EN, FR, ES, IT, PT, DE, HR, BG

Blue Manifesto vertical version

Blue Manifesto horizontal version

 

 

Full list of organisations signing the Manifesto: A Rocha (International Marine and Coastal Conservation Programme); Animal latitude; APECE - Portuguese Association for the Study and Conservation of Elasmobranchs; Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation; ASOC - Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition; Asociacion plataforma"El Chorlitejo"; BIOM association; BirdLfie Sverige; BirdLife Cyprus; Birdlife Europe and Central Asia; BirdLife Malta; BirdLife Suomi; Birdwatch Ireland; Bloom; Brot für die Welt; BUND - Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland; By the Ocean We Unite; Climate Action Network Europe; CCB - Coalition Clean Baltic; CFFA-CAPE; ClientEarth; Compassion in World Farming; Cork Env Forum; Cork nature network; Deep Sea Conservation Coalition; Deep wave; DEPANA; DN - Danmarks Naturfredningsforening; DSM - Deutsche Stiftung Meeresschutz; ; DUH - Deutsche Umwelthilfe; Ecologistas En Accion; Ecos; EEB - European Environmental Bureau; ENT Foundation; Environmental Justice Foundation; FANC - Finnish Association for Nature Conservation; France Nature Environnement; Friends of the Black Sea; Friends of the Earth Europe; Fundajia Aquarium; Geota; Good fish foundation; Greenpeace; HOS - Hellenic Ornithological Society; IFAW - International Fund for Animal Welfare Europe; INCA - Iceland Nature Conservation Association; International Programme on the State of the Ocean; Irish Sea Sanctuary; Irish Wildlife Trust; Legambiante; Living Sea; LOB - Latvian Ornithological Society; LOD - Lithuanian Ornithological Society; LPN - Liga para a Protecção da Natureza; LPO - Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux; MARE Foundation; Mare Nostrum; Marevivo; MCS - Marine Conservation Society; MedReact; MedSOS; MEER; MIO-ECSDE - Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development; Mundus Maris; NABU - Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union; Natuurpunt; New Economics Foundation; Ocean and Climate Platform; Oceana; OceanCare; Oceanografica; OMA - Observatório do Mar dos Açores; Otop - Ogólnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków; Our Fish; PongPesca; Poseidonia green project; Project Aware; Prowildlife; Quercus; ReefCheck; Rethink Plastic Alliance; Retorna; RSPB - Royal Society for the Protection of Birds; SAR - Seas At Risk; Sciaena; SDN - Stichting de Nordzee; Sea First; SEO - Sociedad Española de Ornitología; Slowfood Germany; SMILO - Small Islands Organisation; SPEA - Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves; SSNC - Swedish Society for Nature Conservation; Sunce; Surfrider; SWAN - Sustainable Water Network; T&E - Transport and Environment; TNC - The Nature Conservancy; Tour des deux Amériques solidaire en voilier; Under the pole; WDC - Whale and Dolphin Conservation; WWF; Zero Waste Europe.

20 January 2020

 Our future depends on a healthy ocean. It is our best ally in the climate crisis.  But right now, we are severely taxing its health and immune system through multiple stressors. What needs to change for our ocean to become resilient again? This is the question that we will address at Ocean Action! Ocean Action! will bring together policy-makers, scientists, activists and artists to call on the EU for action on its commitment to protect and restore our seas and ocean. We will discuss the cost of inaction. And we will chart a new route out of the crisis. Join us: we need all hands on deck. Registration on the Ocean Action! Conference website.. 

20 January 2020

Six green groups are writing today to International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim, urging him to back global measures to reduce shipping emissions.

10 December 2019

Ending overfishing would fulfil existing legal commitments and it would also serve to increase the ocean's capacity to mitigate the effects of climate change, which is disrupting the physics, chemistry and ecology of the ocean, with significant consequences for marine life. Ending overfishing would be significant action on climate.

 

25 November 2019

"It’s there for a reason: Why Ministers must not exceed scientific advice on fishing quota". Worryingly, some of the 2020 fishing limits that were agreed in October for the Baltic Sea were knowingly set above scientific advice and now there are calls to do the same in the North Sea and Northeast Atlantic. This briefing describes why these calls should be resisted.

 

Please also find here versions in French, Portuguese and Spanish

20 November 2019

These are our priority actions for the European Commission work programme 2019 - 2024. This report was prepared by Seas At Risk and is backed by our 32 member organisations. The goal of this paper is to highlight our blue vision and how to work constructively with the European Commission to deliver the protection that our oceans urgently require. 

 

Report

 

19 November 2019

Seas At Risk and ten other NGOs laid out their priorities for the upcoming revision of the EU Fisheries Control System. In a joint statement, the NGOs asked for more transparency on control efforts, stronger implementation of enforment provisions as well as better traceability and monitoring of small-scale vessels.

 

 

06 November 2019

This study investigates and quantifies where possible the climate, environmental and safety benefits of reduced ship speeds. It looks in particular at GHG and black carbon emissions, air pollution, underwater noise pollution, fatal ship whale strikes and maritime safety. The study was commissioned by Seas At Risk and Transport and Environment and undertaken by GL Reynolds Environmental Sustainability Consultants.

Report, Infographic

 

10 May 2019

This  study assessed the impact of reduced ship speed on dry bulk carriers on different assumptions with regards to the price of fuel, daily earnings and the relationship between the use of main power and electric power on the vessel. The main finding of the study is that reduced ship speed results in most cases in a reduction of transport costs. This study was jointly commissioned by Seas At Risk and Transport and Environment and carried out by the Öko-Institut e.V., one of Europe’s leading independent research and consultancy organisations, providing science-based analysis to governments and corporations. The study uses the costs methodology developed by Martin Stopford, perhaps the leading maritime economist.

10 May 2019

This guide aims to ensure maritime spatial plans support healthy, productive and biologically diverse seas. It sets out some core principles for good practice maritime spatial planning, things NGOs should be mindful of when engaging in stakeholder participation processes, and includes a repository of useful links to guidance documents and good practice examples.

08 February 2019

This report was prepared by a group of specialised civil society organisations including OceanCare, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Seas at Risk and Natural Resources Defense Council.The goal of this analysis is to assess the measures proposed by Member States to achieve the Good Environmental Status, focusing on the impact of underwater noise which should not adversely affect the marine environment. 

05 July 2018

European seas are in a sorry state. Successive governments have allowed over exploitation, pollution and mismanagement of an environment that was once abundant and diverse. However, simple changes in policy can lead to healthier, more resilient oceans for all Europeans to enjoy for decades to come. Ahead of European elections, Seas At Risk calls on political parties to make their manifestos marine and commit to:

Protecting our marine biodiversity. Saving the seas from our waste. Ending overfishing and ensuring that all fisheries are sustainable

26 June 2018

Since 2013, Belgium has been sponsoring a deep-sea mining exploration contract in the Central Pacific Ocean.  The concerned area is about 77,000 km2, i.e. 2.5 times the size of the country. In this policy briefing, Seas At Risk, WWF Belgium and Bond Beter Leefmilieu call on the Belgian government to reconsider the need for deep sea mining in light of the sustainable development goals, and to put the bar for environmental protection at the highest level. In Dutch.

27 April 2018

Seas At Risk together with 45+ NGOs world-wide call on the International Seabed Authority to provide the space for a fundamental and democratic reflection about the need (or not) for deep seabed mining and its long term sustainability implications.

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