EU Marine and Fisheries


Why we work on marine and fisheries policy

Marine ecosystems and biodiversity are facing unprecedented pressure from a wide range of human activities. Overexploitation of fish stocks, habitat destruction, pollution, impact from invasive alien species and climate change are substantial on-going and future concerns. As a result, European waters are rapidly losing the ability to provide the ecosystem goods and services on which we and our economy depend.

Seabirds are one of the most visible elements of biodiversity in the marine environment. As an integral part of marine ecosystems they also suffer from the impact of human exploitation and development. For Birdlife, it is vital to protect marine, habitats and species, including fish stocks, in order to conserve seabirds and the critical habitats on which they depend.

For more information on European seabirds, please visit our European Seabird Resource Hub

Stichting BirdLife Europe gratefully acknowledges financial support from the European Commission. All content and opinions expressed on these pages are solely those of Stichting BirdLife Europe.

Policy news