The recovery of the European seas: 12 ideas for marine restoration actions

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In our new report, BirdLife shares 12 ideas for marine restoration activities. The marine environment provides up to two-thirds of the ecosystem services supplied by the planet’s natural capital, but is particularly vulnerable to the climate and biodiversity crises. The pandemic has not put these crises on hold, and they continue to need urgent attention and action. The European seas are in dire straits: currently, 65% of protected seabed habitats in Europe are in unfavorable conservation status. In the Mediterranean, 80% of the assessed fish stocks are overexploited and at risk of being depleted1. In Europe, more than 200,000 seabirds are bycaught in fishing gear2.

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