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What's On

  • Sep
    Meeting: Discuss fishing in the Baltic Sea with an MEP
    Simrishamn, Sweden
  • Sep
    Fisheries Committee meeting
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sep
    Seminar on ecosystem based fisheries management
    Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Sep
    Fisheries Council Meeting
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sep
    MSFD D1 Workshop
    Ispra, Italy
  • Sep
    CCB summer course: Our Common Baltic
    Hel Marine Station, Poland
  • Sep
    MSFD D2 workshop
    Ispra, Italy
  • Sep
    Demark: Open debate on industrial fisheries
    Copenhagen, Denmark

Latest News

  • 2015-08-13 Research news

    New publications out: i) Waiting for a flourishing Baltic cod (Gadus morhua) fishery that never comes: old truths and new perspectives and ii) Are fast growing species more vulnerable to population collapse? Read more »
  • 2015-07-08 Have we lost our window of opportunity to save the oceans?

    A scientific paper published in Science last week warns that our “window of opportunity to save the oceans from major changes is in danger of slamming shut, bringing with it the risk that we will encounter planetary-scale tipping points in the behavior of the climate.” Read more »
  • 2015-07-01 Fisheries priorities under Luxembuorg Presidency

    Few political decisions beside the usual TAC and quota haggling are foreseen in the work programme of the Luxemburg EU Presidency for the second half of 2015. Read more »
  • 2015-06-30 Research news: Baltic Sea focus

    New research shows that, despite an agreement two decades ago, the ecosystem approach has not yet been applied in practice in the Baltic Sea. Environmental problems are still essentially handled in isolation, despite how these affect each other and the risk that climate change could make it more difficult to reverse negative trends has not been considered. Read more »
  • 2015-06-26 State of Europe’s seas neither healthy nor clean

    Our seas are neither healthy not clean, but can be considered productive according to the first State of Europe’s Sea report published earlier this week. This productive may however be compromised in the future if the decoration of Europe’s marine ecosystem continues. The report shows that our current way of managing our marine resources is far from sustainable. Read more »
  • 2015-06-25 Council blocks Baltic multiannual plan, Baltic trilogue suspended

    Yesterday afternoon, after meeting an impasse concerning the proposed Baltic multiannual plan, the delegation from Parliament, led by Rapporteur Mr. Jarosław Wałęsa walked out of trilogue negotiations with Council and the Commission. Council has thus far failed to meet the objectives of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy, in particular those which prevent overfishing. Read more »
  • 2015-06-16 Research news

    A selection of research news: i) Eastern Baltic cod in distress: biological changes and challenges for stock assessment, ii) Can marine spatial planning benefit spawning for Baltic herring?, iii) Are we letting managers off the hook? and iv) Five factors for successful management of natural capital Read more »
  • 2015-06-10 European Commission publishes its plan for fishing opportunities in 2016

    The European Commission has published its annual communication on fishing opportunities, announcing their initial plans for next year´s fishing quotas in the EU. The communications shows that there is still a long way to go to reach the objectives of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy and the commitment to end overfishing by 2015 where possible. Read more »

Policy Briefings

Since October 2009, a comprehensive background briefing has been sent out prior to most EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council meetings with fisheries issues on the agenda.

Reaching more than 400 recipients, the briefings are primarily aimed at the Fisheries ministers and their advisors, but also reach out to fisheries attachés, European Parliamentarians, a wide range of government officials, as well as other NGO representatives, the media and various stakeholders.

In addition to an introductory cover letter, every briefing contains one or several annexes with detailed background information and our preferred standpoints on the pertinent issues.