The European Commission has recently published a report analysing the state of Europe’s oceans and seas. The report depicts a worrying outlook, indicating that the marine environment will require urgent efforts to reach good status by 2020. The findings will be presented and discussed at the Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems (HOPE) conference in Brussels on 3 and 4 March. Read more…
As part of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), Member States have reported on the environmental state of their marine waters, what they consider ‘good environmental status’ and the targets they have implemented to reach good status. Overall, results shows that greater effort is urgently required if the EU is to reach its goal.
The main findings of the report demonstrate that, thanks to the extensive reports from Member States, the Commission knows more about Europe’s seas and oceans, what the problems are and what can be done to improve the situation. Most of the indicators (qualitative descriptors of the marine environment) indicate the marine environment is in a critical state – 88% of fish stocks are threatened in the Mediterranean and Black Seas for example. However, efforts to improve the situation are hampered by a lack of coordination between Member States. If Member States reinforced their cooperation, good status could be achieved more efficiently and cheaply.
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