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Marine litter

We don't know exactly how much comes to the sea through rivers, how much is washed off beaches and how much is lost from ships. But when we find plastic bottletops in the stomachs of birds or turtles, we know that something needs to be done.

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Workshop on circular design of fishing gear

Circa 11.000 tons of end of life fishing gear end up into European seas yearly. Single-use Plastics Directive, adopted 5 June 2019, among other things provides a requirement for the European Commission to request European Standardization Organization (ESO) to develop a standard for the circular design of the fishing gear. Indeed, 80% of negative environmental impact of products at the end of life could be reduced at the product design stage. To date design and development of fishing gear has not incorporated environmental considerations (ecodesign) including circularity. A European standard will provide guidelines on how to voluntarily improve this.

Start date: 19/02/2020 (All day)
Last update: 27/02/20

Workshop on the implementation of EU legislation related to waste fishing gear and passively fished waste in ports

In the first half of 2019, the European Parliament and Council adopted two flagship Directives – one on Port Reception Facilities (PRF) and one on Single-Use Plastics (SUP), with the goal to reduce plastic pollution of the oceans and to improve waste delivery and management in ports. The Commission actively supports the implementation of these Directives with a strong link the developments under the EU Green Deal and the circular economy package.  

Last update: 25/02/20

MAC & NWWAC Workshop on Marine Plastics and the Seafood Supply Chain

Interpretation Directorate (SCIC), Rue de la Loi 102, Brussels 07 November 2019, 08:30 – 17:00

Start date: 07/11/2019 (All day)
Last update: 23/01/20

STAKEHOLDERS’ WORKSHOP ON LOST CONTAINERS

how much is lost and what can we do about it?

Start date: 04/07/2019 (All day)
Last update: 25/07/19

Workshop on lost containers

numbers lost, harm, prevention

Start date: 04/07/2019 (All day)
Last update: 05/07/19

New report from Surfrider on containers lost at sea

Putting a number to container losses: a complex investigative approach

Last update: 25/05/19

Moving forward on EU measures for proper waste management of fishing gear

The Commission has adopted a number of proposals for appropriate collection and treatment of fishing gear and fragments of fishing gear once it is damaged beyond repair. Based on these proposals, Council and Parliament are close to signing them into EU law. The aim of the informal meeting was to inform the manufacturers, distributors and users of fishing gear of progress and to look at the next steps

Last update: 27/02/19

How is the fisheries sector using EU Funds to fight Marine litter?

the report analyses how much of their European structural and investmemt funds individual Member States have spent on fishing for litter operations and how much they have programmed for the future

Last update: 22/08/18

Initial Statement by the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors A Scientific Perspective on Microplastic Pollution and its Impacts

will deliver explanatory note by the end of 2018

Last update: 27/07/18

Study to support impact assessment for options to reduce the level of abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear

This provided background material for the impact assessment for the Commission's proposal for a Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment

Last update: 17/07/18

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