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. 

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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.


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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. 




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 October 2019

The Rethink Plastic Alliance, of which Seas a Risk is a core partner, released a guide for national policy makers to implement the Single-Use Plastics Directive. The guide outlines the different provisions of the SUP Directive and makes  recommendations on how national decision makers can best implement its measures on single-use plastic in Member States.

10 July 2019

A group of 22 environmental NGOs lead by Seas At Risk, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, ClientEarth and Coalition Clean Baltic called on the European Commission to adopt emergency measures to prevent bycatch of sensitive species in EU waters and to take legal action against 15 EU governments for failing to establish and enforce protection measures for these mammals. Fisheries emergency measure are particularly urgent to address the critical situation of the North East Atlantic common dolphin in the Bay of Biscay and the  Baltic Sea harbour porpoise (see Annex 1 and 2 below).


Annex 1 - Fisheries Emergency Measures for the North East Atlantic short-beaked common dolphin in the Bay of Biscay.


Annex 2 - Fisheries Emergency Measures for the Baltic Sea harbour porpoise.

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.

10 April 2018

Seas At Risk, the Coalition Clean Baltic, the Mediterranean Office for Culture and Sustainable Development and the Black Sea NGO Network recommend three priority areas of action through which Member States can restore our marine environment to health by 2020, as foreseen under the Marine Directive. 

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22 December 2017

Submission by Seas At Risk to the International Seabed Authority in occasion of the consultation of the draft regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area. In this submission, Seas At Risk raises some fundamental questions about  the need to have a fundamental and democratic reflection about the actual need (or not) for deep seabed mining and its long term sustainability implications, the governance flaws within the International Seabed Authority and the application of the precautionary principle. 


06 December 2017

In its new report ‘Tackling overfishing and marine litter’, Seas At Risk undertakes an analysis of fisheries and marine litter measures adopted by Member States under the Marine Directive. While noting some progress, it concludes that much more effort is needed to achieve healthy fish stocks and reduce harm from marine litter by 2020. The report also provides recommendations on the measures needed.

05 December 2017

Seas At Risk together with The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oceana, ClientEarth and the Fisheries Secretariat, sent to EU Ministers their recommendations regarding the 2018 Northeast Atlantic and North Sea Total Allowable Catches that the Council will set on 11–12 December 2017. The environmental NGOs urge Ministers to ensure that the 2018 TACs meet the requirements of the Common Fisheries Policy and end overfishing. Documents are: Letter to Ministers, Policy annex and Total Allowable Catches annex. It’s possible to consult previous council recommendations here

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