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August 24, 2016

Baltic Sea Advisory Council discusses Technical Measures, but to what effect?

At the working group meeting of the Baltic Sea Advisory Council (BSAC) in Copenhagen on 16 August, the Commission proposal, published in early March, on the Technical Measures Framework (TMF) was discussed for the first time by the Advisory Council.

August 1, 2016

Baltic Sea Advisory Council advice for 2017 quotas published

In a first, the Baltic Sea Advisory Council (BSAC) Executive Committee took the drafted advice for 2017 fishing opportunities and rewrote it after issues with the initial draft from the working group. Following many hours of discussion and negotiation, the working relationships of most members have improved through the development of this document. There seems to be a better understanding and appreciation of views in BSAC, despite disagreements, which can only be a positive development.

July 27, 2016

Low Impact Fishers of Europe hires top Polish civil servant

Marcin Rucinski, who has spent more than a decade focused on fisheries issues within the Polish administration, is the new Baltic and North Sea coordinator for Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE).

June 21, 2016

Analysis of the Baltic multiannual plan

The Baltic multiannual plan (Baltic MAP, or the Plan) is expected to be passed into legislation on 23 June 2016, after being rubber stamped at the European Parliament plenary. This is the final legislative step to be concluded under co-decision. It will likely enter into force by September 2016.

Upcoming events

Slovakian EU Council Presidency begins

Dates: 01 July - 31 December

More information forthcoming.

Perspectives for Fishmeal and Fish Oil Symposium

Location: Hirtshals, Denmark

Dates: 29 - 30 August

The symposium is jointly organised by the Nordic Marine Think Tank and EUfishmeal, and will take place at the North Sea Centre in Hirtshals, Denmark. Further information and programme


Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Dates: 30 August

European Fisheries Control Agency advisory board meeting

Location: Vigo, Spain

Dates: 07 September

The agenda points for the meeting are:

  • ACs: State of play
  • Exchange of views on the Agency’s work programme 2016: Joint Deployment Programme, including landing obligation,  training activities, international dimension, IUU and pilot project maritime surveillance, EU coastguard pilot project
  • Way forward
  • Rotation of the Advisory Board representative on the EFCA’s Administrative Board
  • Cooperation with the ACs: discussion