Tell the European Parliament to save marine life! #OceanAlert


Marine life is dying…at the end of a fisherman’s hook, or embroiled in one of their nets. Countless iconic species (including seabirds, turtles and marine mammals) fall victim to this cruel fate in potentially devastating numbers – from the beloved Harbour porpoise and Loggerhead Turtle to the Critically Endangered Balearic Shearwater. Over 200,000 seabirds and up to 130,000 turtles are accidentally caught and killed each year.

Endangered sharks are dying in fishing nets. In need of protection, many of these are intentionally caught.

Baby fish are being taken from the oceans before they have had the chance to reproduce and contribute to the future of our fisheries, wreaking havoc for fish populations.

Ocean habitats, home to enigmatic and highly biodiverse sea life, are being lost from benthic trawling and experimental gear.

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION proposed a new regulation (COM/2016/0134) that in theory promises to end negative environmental impacts from fishing. But in practice, this proposal will have dire consequences for our ocean wildlife. In November, the EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT had a chance to improve this legislative proposal – to make sure it protects nature – but it didn’t take it. 

On 16th January, the European Parliament will have its final word. We call on MEPs to drastically improve the proposal or reject it entirely. 

The EU must not adopt new legislation that will destroy marine life

HAVE YOUR SAY! – BirdLife, ClientEarth, Seas At Risk and WWF encourage all nature lovers to voice their support for nature at sea that makes sense for both birds and people. 

!!! LETTER: 38 NGOs ask MEPs to SAVE NATURE in our OCEANS 



Got 5 minutes to spare?

We strongly encourage you to tell your MEPs how you feel on Twitter and Facebook. You can consult the European Parliament's list of MEPs on Twitter or the EP's list of MEPs, which gives you information about each MEP and how to reach them.

We recommend that you read the joint NGO position paper. Please feel free to echo our comments along with your own reflections! 


Want to learn more? Take a look at the resources below!

Information on sensitive species bycatch:

Briefing: How to solve seabird bycatch in Europe

Briefing: How solve bycatch of marine mammals in Europe


European Commission documents:

COM/2016/0134 final - 2016/074 (COD) - Proposal & Annexes


European Council documents:

COM/2016/0134 final - 2016/074 (COD) – Council General Approach


European Parliament documents:

COM/2016/0134 final - 2016/074 (COD) - Fisheries Committee Report


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