Press release Surfrider welcomes agreement at EU level to limit single use plastic bags

Brussels, November 21st, 2014, As confirmed today by the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council have reached an agreement on the proposal to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags. Surfrider Foundation Europe welcomes this agreement as a vital action to tackle marine litter, but regrets the confusions and hesitations which punctuated the negotiations until the very last moment. Member states will now have to reduce their consumption of lightweight plastic bags, either by charging plastic bags by the end of 2018, or by introducing measures to reduce their [...]


What do seabed look like? A team of European researchers has found evidence of waste in the seafloor, thousands of meters below the ocean surface. The study, conducted by the University of the Azores, gathered 23 researchers from 16 European research institutions, and analyzed nearly 600 samples from the ocean floor, ranging from 35 to 4500 meters in the Atlantic, Arctic, and Mediterranean. Francois Galgani, a researcher at Ifremer and co-author of this study, kindly agreed to respond to our questions.