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10 July 2017

Rethink Plastic has sent an open letter to the European Commission calling on them to propose strong and harmonised EU legislation within the EU Strategy on Plastics – due to be published at the end of 2017. We call for concrete policy action on reducing, redesigning and better managing plastics, and challenge the Commission to think broader and bolder, including trying to live plastic free for a day. #RethinkPlastic!

More information: rethinkplasticalliance.eu 

 

05 July 2017

Seas At Risk and allied NGOs have written to Siim Valmar Kiisler, Minister for the Environment of the Republic of the Estonia, asking for the forthcoming Fisheries Council exchange of views on the Commission Communication on Fishing Opportunities for 2018 to be live streamed. A public discussion on this important topic would facilitate enhanced transparency and motivate greater stakeholder involvement. Estonia has taken over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July and will be chairing the meeting.

15 June 2017

Environmental NGOs called for an ambitious and science-based multiannual management plan for small pelagic stocks in the Adriatic Sea. Below the letter sent to the Fisheries Attachés of the EU Member States, the Committee on Fisheries of the European Parliament and in copy Commissioner Vella and DG MARE. 

 

10 June 2017

Deep-sea mining has no place in a future shaped by the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. At the Ocean Conference of the United Nations 2017, Seas At Risk, supported by its 34 members and Mission Blue, BLOOM, the Deep Sea Mining Campaign and Earthworks, called on the international community to stop deep sea mining in its tracks.

 

 

12 May 2017

In this document it is stressed the importance of quickly agreeing a long-term target and reduction pathway for GHG emissions from international shipping that is consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement, the urgent need to identify and implement immediate near-term measures that will result in early peaking of emissions, the importance of including within the GHG strategy an overhauled EEDI consistent with decarbonization of the fleet in the second half of the century, and the need to assess the impacts on vulnerable States in parallel with the consideration of final measures. 

 

12 May 2017

The Clean Shipping Coalition, of which Seas At Risk is member, comments here on the findings of a new study into the design efficiency of ships that includes the most recent data on ships built in 2016. The study finds that a considerable number of ships in different ship categories already comply with phase 2 and even phase 3 requirements, providing further evidence that EEDI requirements need strengthening. The study also finds, however, that design efficiency improvements appear to have stalled in 2016, with the average design efficiency of new bulk carriers, tankers and gas carriers being worse in 2016 than in 2015. Of equal concern is the study's finding that a surprisingly large share of the ships that entered the fleet in 2016 had efficiency (EIV) scores well above the reference line, sometimes as much as 50%, suggesting that there may be non-compliance with the EEDI

 

28 April 2017

This document has been submitted by the Clean Shipping Coalition, of which Seas At Risk is member, to the International Maritime Organisation, Marine environment protection committee, 71st session. The study uses the Estimated Index Value (EIV) to investigate trends in the design efficiency of ships built between 2009 and 2016 and the factors that are contributing to changes in these trends and the underlying EIVs. The study finds that while the average design efficiency of new ships has improved in recent years, efficiency improvements seem to have stalled in 2016, and that while a large share of ships that entered the fleet in 2016 had an EIV well above the reference line, there are ships of the same type and similar size with EIVs well below the reference line.

 

 

 

 

28 April 2017

This document is a submission to the International Maritime Organisation, (marine environment protection committee, 71st session) by the Clean Shipping Coalition, of which Seas At Risk is member. It summarizes the key findings of a new report on the economic and environmental trade-offs of using alternative fuels (distillate and LNG) instead of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic.

 

28 April 2017

This document summarizes the key findings of a new report on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil and black carbon emissions from ships in the Arctic in 2015 and projections to 2020 and 2025.

31 March 2017

Seas At Risk and six other NGOs, all part of the international Break Free From Plastic movement, have sent a letter to the heads of the three main European institutions calling on them to commit to making their buildings single use plastic free.

31 March 2017

This document highlights recent developments regarding the future of Arctic shipping and the comparative costs of using heavy fuel oil versus alternative fuels.

 

 

17 March 2017

 

Deep sea mining has no place in a future shaped by the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. 

See the leaflet

 

 

25 November 2016

This document has been submitted to the International Maritime Organisation, sub-committee on pollution prevention and response. It summarizes the views of the co-sponsors on measuring Black Carbon and acknowledges a range of possible measures for controlling emissions of Black Carbon. The co-sponsors believe that there is an urgent need for action on control measures to reduce Black Carbon emissions in order to address the impact on the Arctic of emissions of Black Carbon from international shipping.

 

23 November 2016

Seas At Risk and the Fisheries Secretariat sent to the Fisheries Ministers of the EU Member States recommendations for 2017 fishing opportunities.  Important decisions will be taken at the EU Fisheries Council meeting on 12th and 13th December 2016. Please find here the Letter and the Annex

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14 November 2016

Joint opening statement of Seas At Risk, the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, Oceana and WWF for the 35th North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) Annual Meeting 

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05 October 2016

Measures proposed by EU Member States to protect the marine environment lack ambition and financial commitment. This is the key finding of an NGO survey organised by Seas At Risk and Oceana in order to assess the level of ambition, strengths and weaknesses of the measures Member States are proposing to implement the Marine Directive and ultimately achieve a good environmental status of European marine waters before 2020. Sixteen NGOs responded to the survey and evaluated the measures proposed by Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom during the national public consultations held in 2015/2016. This report presents the results of the survey.

 

23 September 2016

As Organizações Não Governamentais do Ambiente escreveram a Karmenu Vella, Comissário Europeu do Ambiente, Assuntos Marítimos e Pescas para comunicar a suspensão das suas atividades no Conselho Consultivo para as Águas Ocidentais Austrais, em resposta à admissão de organizações representativas dos pescadores como representantes de “outros grupos de interesse”.

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22 June 2016

Brussels - Seas At Risk and the Fisheries Secretariat have released their latest briefing on the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy in advance of next week’s Agrifish Council, with recommendations on fishing opportunities in 2017.

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21 June 2016

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is conducting a review of the 2020 requirements of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). In the current regulation, a ship built after 1 January 2020 needs to have an EEDI that is 20% below the reference line value for that ship. The aim of this project is to analyse which EEDI requirements are readily achievable for bulk carriers, tankers, general cargo ships and containerships.

20 June 2016

As part of its ongoing work to monitor, advise and improve on the outcomes of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy, Seas At Risk and the Fisheries Secretariat have since 2010 produced briefings on technical aspects of fisheries management in advance of meetings of EU Fisheries Ministers. 

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