Oceans archive

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    No time for further delays in meeting 2020 sustainability deadline

    In less than a week, fisheries ministers from across the European Union will head to Brussels to set next year’s catch limits for fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic and North Sea.

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    Majority of seafood in Spanish fish markets breaches labelling laws, report finds

    New report finds up to 70% of all seafood sold at fish markets in Spain are currently in serious breach of mandatory seafood labelling regulations.

  • People at Hong Kong fish market

    UK support helps new Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition to launch

    Following the success of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) in the UK, the launch of the Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition (HKSSC) demonstrates how the collaborative model can be replicated around the world.

  • Improving EU Fisheries Control system through harmonised sanctions and more transparency

    The EU Fisheries Control System is currently undergoing a revision process: the proposal from the European Commission has been published in May 2018 and both the Council and the European Parliament are currently working on this file.

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    European lawmakers take historic stand against throwaway plastics

    The European Parliament has advanced the push to protect people and the environment from plastic pollution.

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    Sustainable fishing at risk after catastrophic European Union vote

    The health of Europe’s fisheries in the north-east Atlantic is at stake after a European Parliament committee decided today to postpone the recovery of fish stocks in that area.

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    European port fee change needed to stop dumping at sea

    Legal experts are calling on the European Parliament to support plans for ports to charge a fixed fee to manage waste from incoming ships, to remove the incentive for operators to dump at sea.

  • Crates of fish with people standing near

    Sustainable Seafood Coalition agrees to modern slavery statement

    Businesses in the UK’s Sustainable Seafood Coalition have agreed on commitments that recognise the risk of modern slavery and social responsibility in their supply chains.

  • Pink plastic sand bucket on beach

    Plastic taxes vital to cut pollution, new study finds

    The EU should consider an ambitious set of taxes on plastic in Europe to reduce the overall use in the economy, a new report has found.

  • European Commission warned harmful subsidies risk overfishing

    Lawyers are warning the European Commission not to allow harmful subsidies that could lead to overfishing.

  • “Shocking” lack of effort from EU Member States to protect marine environment revealed

    ClientEarth lawyers have applauded a new report that highlights the lack of effort from several EU Member States in protecting the marine environment from pollution, biodiversity loss and unsustainable fishing.

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    Have your say: help protect the UK’s marine life

    ClientEarth is part of the new #maynotcontainfish campaign that is encouraging the public to help ensure that Brexit will not lead to dangerous overfishing.

  • plastic waste in landfill

    Serious material business risks for companies creating plastic waste

    Major companies face serious material business risks for their involvement in creating plastic waste, a new report shows from ClientEarth shows.

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    Spanish seafood industry ‘should work together’ towards sustainability

    ClientEarth is urging the Spanish seafood industry, one of Europe’s largest, to work together for a more sustainable and responsible supply chain.

  • EU Commission urged to close gaps in plastic strategy

    ClientEarth welcomes European Parliament’s environment committee vote to strengthen the EU Commission’s plans to cut plastic pollution, under the so-called Plastics Strategy.

  • Coloured nets on docks

    UK government white paper fails to protect British fisheries and marine environment

    The government has promised sustainable fisheries and better monitoring of fishing activity and enforcement of laws after Brexit, but no concrete plans for how these goals will be delivered.

  • Image shows three teapots on a blue tablecloth

    Plastics, nature and environmental governance top agenda for EU-China meeting

    China’s Climate Envoy, the First Vice-President of the European Commission, the UN Environment Executive Director and the Canadian Minister of the Environment and Climate Change were among the speakers at an environmental roundtable last week.

  • EU fisheries fund should only support sustainable measures

    Speaking to the European Parliament, ClientEarth lawyer Flaminia Tacconi said that EMFF should only support measures that contribute to economically self-sufficient and environmentally sustainable fisheries.

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    European Parliament rejects rubberstamping flawed fisheries management in North Sea protected areas

    ClientEarth has applauded a European Parliament decision to throw out fishing measures that risked vulnerable marine life and ecosystems in protected areas of the North Sea.

  • EU fund proposal would artificially keep unsustainable fisheries afloat

    ClientEarth lawyers have criticised the newly released European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) proposal for continuing heavy subsidies for both environmentally and economically unsustainable fishing.

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    UK foodservice companies urged to improve seafood sustainability sourcing

    The commercial foodservice industry in the UK has been urged to use its “massive purchasing power” to source seafood sustainably and align its standards with the rest of the industry.

  • Enforcement must be part of new EU proposal to target illegal fishing

    ClientEarth lawyers are calling for greater enforcement of sanctions against illegal fishing, following the release of the European Commission’s new fisheries control proposal.

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    North Sea agreement makes a mockery of EU fisheries law

    EU fisheries will suffer a huge blow as the European Parliament voted today to approve the proposed North Sea multi-annual plan.

  • European Commission takes first step to tackle single use plastics

    The European Commission has taken a leap forward in tackling plastic pollution, with new laws to reduce throwaway single-use plastics.