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26 March 2021

International NGOs led by the Clean Arctic Alliance have sent an urgent letter to International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General, Mr Kitak Lim, urging him to address the international shipping’s climate impact. The letter, which was also sent to European Council President Michel, President of the European Commission von der Leyen and European Commission Executive Vice President Timmermans, comes ahead of Friday's crucial decision on IMO measures on black carbon emissions in the Arctic.

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17 February 2021

This paper will first summarise main noise sources and their impacts on the marine environment, then  then identify shortcomings in current underwater noise regulation and mitigation, and finally recommend ways to more effectively implement current legislation in order to apply concrete measures to protect our oceans from excessive noise.

Recommendations focus on:

using risk maps and noise budgets to address cumulative noise impacts, setting noise thresholds immediately, preventing any widespread increase in noise, particularly by reducing and preventing noise at source, managing noise at the ecosystem level through spatio-temporal measures, and regional and interregional coordination and collaboration.

 

 

 

 

15 December 2020

Seas At Risk, together with 12 other NGOs, has published ‘Back to the source: Saving Europe’s biodiversity starts in the ocean’, outlining recommendations for the implementation of the EU Biodiversity and Farm to Fork Strategies. It is a toolkit of ocean-related solutions that EU decision-makers, including the Commission, Member State ministers and MEPs, can use to translate these two strategies into concrete actions to reverse biodiversity loss and restore the ocean to health by 2030.

26 November 2020

Seas At Risk's Portuguese member Sciaena, together with Zero and ANP|WWF wrote a letter to the Minister of Environment and Climate Action and the Secretary of State for the Environment to express concern over the Portuguese Government’s lack of responsability in setting national reuse targets and for leaving waste prevention policy in the hands of economic sectors known for being against reuse. The ambitious targets for reusable packaging initially included in the proposed Waste legislation (Unilex) have been replaced by self-regulatory measures to be adopted by industry stakeholders. The NGOs urge the Government to instead seize the opportunity presented by the transposition of EU legislation to implement effective reuse measures to promote the transition towards a circular economy.

17 November 2020

This graph compares the proposal that IMO member states are being asked to support at MEPC 75 (J5/Rev.1) with business as usual (BAU) emissions, the minimum level of ambition in the IMO’s own 2018 GHG Strategy (IMO 2050 aligned), and what is needed to be aligned with the science and keeping warming below dangerous levels (IPPC 1.5 aligned).

 

 

23 October 2020

Seas At Risk together with ClientEarth have released a legal toolkit with the aim to challenge the lack of management measures in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by EU Member States and their public authorities. The majority of MPAs in European waters exist as mere ‘paper parks’, areas officially designated for conservation, but which lack appropriate management plans compliant with EU law. This toolkit is designed to empower NGOs and local campaigners to take action, by providing factual and legal information as well as a series of case studies for practical guidance.

 

30 September 2020

Seas At Risk, together with 50 NGOs led by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and ClientEarth, called on the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen to support the SCIP database, the EU database of most hazardous chemicals, against industry lobbying. The database, an important tool to keep track of substances of concern in consumer products, has been targeted by companies demanding to weaken and delay its development. In their letter, the NGOs call on the President to resist industry pressures and fulfil the legal obligation to create the SCIP database under the Waste Framework Directive.

23 September 2020

This report, explores, and demonstrates, how EU payments for “temporary cessation” of fishing in the context of the current European Monetary Fisheries Fund, are not only an ineffective management tool for reducing fishing effort, but also ineffective in supporting marine conservation efforts. Instead, cessation payments maintain fishing overcapacity, which drives overfishing. The report has been carried out by Seas At Risk and BirdLife Europe. 

 

29 July 2020

Seas At Risk, together with five other marine NGOs, has released recommendations for deep-sea fishing limits for 2021-2022. Previous TACs exceeded ICES scientific advice, leading to overfishing and environmental degradation of the deep sea.

16 July 2020

Seas At Risk released a new report exploring how the allocation of certain subsidies from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) can lead to financing of harmful fishing practices and potential increased overcapacity, causing overfishing and loss of marine biodiversity. In particular, the report’s findings indicate that subsidies that cover operational costs, such as funds for the young fishers scheme (Article 31), can turn out to be harmful subsidies, as the safeguards attached to them are not sufficient or properly applied and enforced to prevent their damaging consequences.

10 June 2020

Seas At Risk, together with eight NGOs, released a joint report outlining recommendations on Baltic Sea fishing opportunities. The guidelines are based on the scientific advise by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea on EU fishing limits for 2021, which found that Baltic fish populations and ecosystems remain in a state of crisis.

07 June 2020

RISE UP is a joint call to action bringing together international civil society, fishers, Indigenous people and NGOs urging governments and corporations to take bold action to restore the ocean to health. The RISE UP call to action sets objectives and targets needed to tackle the issues that threaten the ocean, with the goal to inspire decision makers and key-stakeholders to commit and act for ocean’s protection  

05 June 2020

The EU’s Green Recovery plan provides the opportunity to tackle the economic fall out of the Covid-19 crisis and ensure that public investments will deliver a healthier environment and economy. Investments in the marine environment can yield particularly large returns. In this paper, Seas At Risk, together with eight  NGOs, provides recommendations and examples of investment opportunities for the marine sector to show how a green recovery for the ocean is possible.

 

05 June 2020

Seas At Risk’s Ocean Action! conference took place on 5 February 2020 in Brussels. The event, which marked Seas At Risk’s 30-year anniversary, brought together ocean lovers from civil society, institutions, governments and scientific organisations. The report retraces key moments of the conference, such as the presentation of the Blue Manifesto, the thought-provoking presentations and discussions between inspirational experts, decision-makers and activists. A selection of the many creative collective ideas that emerged from the workshops are presented in the report, providing useful examples of concrete ocean actions to complement the Blue Manifesto.

For the full list of ideas that emerged from the workshops, see the "Annex - Workshop outcomes"

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. 

 

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