Sustainable seas: New EASAC policy report calls for ambitious action and flexible approach to protect marine sustainability

25 January 2016

Oceans and seas play a crucial role in regulating our climate, nurturing biodiversity, and providing income and food to people around the world. At COP21, governments across the globe agreed that we must set a more aggressive limit for global warming.

20160125 Marine sustainability portrait 140This limit is one essential step toward a more stable relationship between the ocean and climate. But in spite of this positive direction, marine sustainability faces many challenges, according to a new report from the European Academies of Science Advisory Council and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Marine sustainability in an age of changing oceans and seas.

Press release EASAC

The full report can be found on the EASAC website (pdf)


The European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) is an alliance between the national academies of EU member states. Its members work together to provide independent, evidence-based advice to European policy-makers on a wide range of science-related topics. EASAC thus ensures that science plays a greater role in EU policy-making.