On January 16th, 2018, six umbrella organisations of the European plastic industry announced their commitment, in cooperation with the European Commission, to launch circularity platforms with the aim of reaching 50% plastic waste recycling by 2040, as well as considerably reducing littering volumes. The circularity platforms are set to involve the entire plastic economy chain: from raw material producers, designers, converters, collectors and recyclers to brand owners and specifiers.
The Meeting of Parties to the Barcelona Convention declared the waters between the Baleares and the Spanish mainland a Specially Protected Area of Mediterranean Importance (SPAMI). Read the press release by OceanCare, NRDC and Alianza Mar Blava.
The Meeting of Parties to the Barcelona Convention on 17–20 Dec 2017 will decide on a proposal submitted by the Spanish government to declare the waters between the Baleares and the Spanish mainland a Specially Protected Area of Mediterranean Importance (SPAMI). Read the press release by OceanCare, NRDC and Alianza Mar Blava.
An international expert workshop discussed the issue of underwater noise on the 22nd and 23rd of November 2017 in Split, Croatia, with a special focus on numerous planned oil exploration activities in the south-eastern Mediterranean Sea. The convenors OceanCare and NRDC sum up the workshop outcome.
Around 70 experts from 17 countries are meeting for a workshop on the 22nd and 23rd of November 2017 to discuss underwater noise caused by hydrocarbon exploration under the seabed, its consequences on marine biodiversity and possible conservation measures.
OceanCare presented today a new literature review documenting alarming evidence of the detrimental impacts of underwater noise activities on fish and invertebrates. The review shows that the problem is much larger than expected.
The 12th Session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS COP12) ends today, 28th of October 2017, in Manila, the Philippines. OceanCare welcomes the adoption of resolutions relating to the three main topics promoted by the organisation: underwater noise, marine plastic pollution, and aquatic wild meat.
Representatives of more than 120 countries gather from 23rd to 28th of October in Manila, the Philippines, to debate this issue. #cmscop12
Read the kick-off press release by OceanCare.
In a meeting with high-level represenatatives of the Spanish Ministry of Environment on the 1st of September, 2017, Nicolas Entrup for OceanCare and NRDC, and Carlos Bravo for Alianza Mar Blava handed over a letter signed by scientists and NGOs from all continents, calling for the cetacean migration corridor between the Baleares and the Spanish mainland to be protected and hydrocarbon exploration activities to be prevented. Searching for oil and gas in the seafloor is done by employing extremely loud explosive sound.