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February 7, 2017

Monitoring, control and enforcement of Baltic Sea discard ban to be reviewed

A joint meeting with representatives from BSAC, BALTFISH and EFCA will be held in Hamburg, Germany, March 9, to review the monitoring, control and enforcement of the landing obligation that entered into force 1 January 2015 in the Baltic Sea. Still, one out of four cod caught in the Eastern Baltic stock was thrown back dead in the sea during 2015, amounting to 18 million individuals, according to ICES[1].

February 7, 2017

STECF gives DFPO rebuff on spatial fisheries closures

Over the past year the Danish Fishermen’s Producer Organisation, DFPO, has successfully been advocating to open up the western Baltic cod fishery during February and March. Their main argument has been a lack of scientific evidence that closures has a positive effect on the fish stocks, but without providing such data. Now The Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) concludes that spatial closures benefit both increase spawning stock biomass and decrease fishing mortality.

February 7, 2017

Will BSAC move towards a fair and balanced external representation?

The Baltic Sea Advisory Council has a significant imbalance in which organisations represent the Council in external fora, a FishSec review shows. The Other Interest Group (OIGs) holds 40% of the seats and yet attends only 17% of the meetings on an annual basis. By contrast the fishing industry attends 58% of meetings and the Secretariat 25%. FIshSec has proposed measures to achieve a fair and balanced representation, but the Executive committee still struggles to take the final step and come to a decision.

January 10, 2017

LIFE rejects Individual Transferable Quotas

In a recent position paper the Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE) have rejected Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQs) as a primary method of quota allocation because of the disproportionately negative impact they have on small scale coastal fishers and fishing communities.

Upcoming events

Maltese EU Council Presidency

Dates: 01 January - 30 June

A joint NGO letter was sent to the incoming Presidency outlining fisheries priorities for the term.

World Ocean Summit

Location: Bali, Indonesia

Dates: 22 - 24 February

The Economist magazine is organising its fourth World Ocean Summit. It will bring a critical eye to the vital issue of how to finance a sustainable ocean economy. Their aim is to mobilise a new discussion on how capital and the private sector can drive scalable, sustainable investment in the ocean.


PECH European Parliament Fisheries Committee meeting

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Dates: 27 - 28 February

Workshop on Biological Input to Eastern Baltic Cod Assessment – ...

Location: Gothenburg, Sweden

Dates: 01 - 02 March