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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23 May 2016

The Circular Economy Package has the potential to address our unsustainable production, consumption, and poor waste management and reduce marine litter. By reducing the production of waste, reducing consumption of single-use plastics, designing products to be repaired, durable, reused and if not, recycled into new products, and putting a consumer value on plastics through economic instruments they are less likely to be carelessly disposed of and end up in the oceans. This short briefing paper discusses the reasons why the Circular Economy Package is so vital for reducing marine litter, and lays out some essential elements that should be included in the legislative files.

19 May 2016

The new Data Collection Framework Regulation must include the mandatory requirement to collect data on all aquaculture production.

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16 March 2016

There is a growing interest in the fuel efficiency of ships because of fuel prices, climate change and energy security issues. This has resulted in, amongst other things, a regulation governing the design efficiency of new ships called the Energy Efficiency Design Index. This study analyses which factor or factors have contributed to changes in the average design efficiency over time and what their relative importance has been.

11 December 2015

Brussels - The EU’s Fisheries and Agriculture Council on 14-15 December will decide whether to permit continued overfishing in the North Atlantic and North Sea in 2016. Fisheries ministers will be challenged to improve their poor performance to date in implementing the more ambitious Common Fisheries Policy and setting sustainable levels of ‘Total Allowable Catches’.

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25 November 2015

This paper explores solutions and actions required to develop an ecologically sustainable feed resource on which European aquaculture can rely. The feed related priorities include, certification for fishmeal and fishoil by credible and independent environmental certification schemes, ensuring that fin fish aquaculture facilities are net producers of fish protein, an increased use of non fish based feed ingredients, discouragement of the use of discards or bycatch, maximisation of the use in the production of fishmeal and fish oil of by-products and trimmings; assessments of the environmental footprint of alternative feeds.




13 November 2015

Brussels - Seas At Risk and BirdLife have published a position paper on the Commission proposal for a new Data Collection Framework. 

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12 November 2015

A joint letter sent by Seas At Risk, Friends of the Earth Europe and the European Environment Bureau calling for the Commission to ensure that a headline target for reducing marine litter be included in the revised Circular Economy Action Plan.


10 June 2015

Brussels - Seas At Risk and The Fisheries Secretariat sent a brief to Fisheries Ministers following the publication of the Commission Communication on Fishing Opportunities for 2016 and ahead of the Council meeting 16 June.

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18 March 2015

This report is a first report of a study into the design efficiency of ships. There is a growing interest in the fuel efficiency of ships because of fuel prices, climate change, and energy security issues. This has resulted in, amongst other things, a regulation governing the design efficiency of new ships. As of 2013, new ships need to meet an EEDI target efficiency relative to a baseline constructed from the average design efficiency of ships that have entered the fleet in the period 1999-2008. The targets become more stringent over time. Currently, the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization is reviewing the targets. One of the main questions being addressed is the feasibility of the targets. The historical development of design efficiency can provide relevant information to answer this question in three ways. First, it can elucidate how the design efficiency in the reference line period 1999–2008 compares to other periods. Second, it can show what the timeframe for market driven efficiency improvements has been. And third, it can show which design changes have resulted in efficiency changes.

18 March 2015

The aim of this study is to analyse how the design efficiency of ships has changed over time. More specifically, this report answers the following questions:

1. What is the relationship between the EEDI and the EIV?

2. How has the EIV of ships that have entered the fleet since 2009 changed and how have changes in the EIV been achieved?

10 October 2014

Brussels - A media briefing on upcoming decisions on 2015/2016 fishing limits.

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28 August 2014

Environmental NGOs propose several priorities to ensure that European aquaculture develops in an environmentally responsible manner. To minimise the environmental impacts of aquaculture the priorities are to ensure sustainable sourcing of feed, to avoid escapes by adopting technical standards, to minimise biodiversity impacts and to reduce the impact of chemicals and medicine use. To fill the knowledge and data gaps, more research and data collection are needed regarding the effects of aquaculture on wider ecosystems. This should underpin the development of measurable targets and indicators. Also aquaculture governance needs to be improved, to ensure early and effective stakeholder and public participation and the integration of environmental legislation. Innovative production processes such as integrated multi-trophic aquaculture and aquaponics should be supported and encouraged. Public funding needs to be focused and accountable and environmentally responsible trade promoted.

07 July 2014

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) has entered a crucial implementation phase, as countries are now developing the programmes of measures to maintain or achieve good environmental status for marine waters by 2020.

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08 January 2014

This report analyses the Economic impacts of MRV (monitoring, reporting and verifying) of fuel and emissions in maritime transport. 

01 January 2014

Fisheries in Community waters are managed under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The CFP was born in 1983 and suffered a significant review in 2002. This resulted in an increased emphasis on the reduction of the environmental impacts of fisheries, but by 2007 the CFP was still widely regarded as a failure.

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11 September 2013

There is no easy way to tackle the issue of marine litter: it is complicated and has many causes, impacts and inputs. As a high percentage of marine litter comes from land based sources, EU legislation is possibly the best way to address the problem and look for solutions.

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10 September 2013

The Port Reception Facilities (PRF) Directive is due to be reviewed by 2014, and Seas At Risk has been working with IEEP to identify how the Directive can be improved to effectively tackle a significant source of marine litter.

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