The EU has committed itself to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2010, but it has clearly failed to do so. The Council has recently endorsed a new and ambitious target to halt biodiversity loss and restore, where possible, lost or damaged ecosystems by 2020. Reaching this goal will not be easy, and it will require addressing the problems at the root of the decline in marine biodiversity.
It has also recognized the importance of traditional artisanal fishing in the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.
European Parliament Supports Strengthening the EU Finning Ban 16.12.10: The European Parliament today endorsed a resolution on shark finning that calls on the Commission to deliver a proposal to prohibit the removal of shark fins on-board vessels.
Oceans United, an alliance of ocean scientists, will urge governments meeting in Beijing on November 3-5 to invest billions of dollars by 2015 in a new system to monitor the seas and give alerts of everything from tsunamis to acidification linked to climate change.
Marine ecosystems around the world are at risk of substantial deterioration in coming decades as oceans face growing threats from pollution, over-fishing and climate change, a report unveiled for a U.N. meeting in Nagoya, Japan showed on Tuesday.
Environmental groups filed a lawsuit against BP seeking to halt controlled burnings of spilled oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico because they say endangered sea turtles are being burned alive in the process. The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is "a catastrophe that could have been avoided," oil industry officials conceded last week. Speaking at a news conference on June 23, Nobuo Tanaka, director general of the International Energy Agency, said the accident was the result of "an accumulation of human errors." A relief well that might divert the gushing Gulf of Mexico oil leak is still weeks from completion, a top U.S. official said on Wednesday, as the season's first Atlantic hurricane disrupted cleanup efforts.
The SILMAR Project is one of several marine conservation activities carried out by Fundaciomar, a marine research and conservation organisation based in Begur.