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What's On

  • Nov
    Funding cooperation – Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme Conference
    Warsaw, Poland
  • Nov
    Joint BALTFISH-BSAC meeting “Preparation for the landing obligation”
    Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Nov
    Fish Dependence Day – Sweden
  • Dec
    DG ENVI Joint workshop for policy areas Nature, WFD and MSFD
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Dec
    PECH Committee meeting
  • Dec
    Marine and water conference
    Simrishamn, Sweden
  • Dec
    Fish Dependence Day – Greece
  • Dec
    HELCOM Heads of Delegation meeting
    Helsinki, Finland

Latest News

  • 2014-11-14 FISH is now recruiting a Fisheries Policy Officer

    We are looking to recruit a new team member to assist with our ongoing policy work. The successful candidate will take part in our work on international fisheries policy, with a focus on regionalisation and fisheries management in the Baltic Sea. Read more »
  • 2014-11-13 Small shrimps suspected to be discarded in Swedish waters

    The Swedish Agency for Marine Water Management has reported suspected discarding of small shrimps to the Swedish Prosecution Authority. Read more »
  • 2014-11-11 Council agrees on deep sea TACs

    The Council of Fisheries Ministers reached an agreement of fishing opportunities for deep sea stocks from. Although catches will be reduced for a number of deep sea stocks, the Council have chosen to not follow scientific advice by setting catch limits higher for 63% of the stocks. Read more »
  • 2014-11-05 Baltic Sea overfishing leauge

    New briefing series by the new economics forum identifies which countries and ministers who stand in the way for moving towards more fish, profits and jobs for European citizens. The first briefing in the series explores the countries and ministers around the Baltic Sea. Read more »
  • 2014-10-27 Revised deep sea access regime still on the drawing table

    It is now two years since the Commission released its proposal for a revised deep sea access regime (COM(2012)371) in July 2012, and progress on this file has been exceptionally slow. The European Parliament adopted its position 10 months ago and the Italian Presidency announced that it was to start drafting a proposal for a Council position over the summer. Read more »
  • 2014-10-23 First meeting of HELCOM group on Ecosystem-based Sustainable Fisheries

    Fisheries and environmental experts and authorities from the Baltic region gathered for the first fisheries meeting after the modernisation of HELCOM. The work plan for the group was agreed upon and the group elected Marcin Rucinski as chair of the group. Main focus of the meeting was on the draft of the new HELCOM Recommendation on aquaculture. Read more »
  • 2014-10-22 National eel management plans too vague for proper evaluation

    European Commission released its assessment of Member States plans and measures to protect the European eel. The assessments concludes that the quality of reports from EU member states is too vague for any proper evaluation to be made, pointing to that additional measures may need to be considered Read more »
  • 2014-10-20 Baltic discard ban plan published

    European Commission have launched their proposals on discard ban plans for several fisheries in European waters, including the Baltic Sea. The content of the plan is essentially in line with what earlier been proposed by the Baltic Member States through BALTFISH, and corresponds to what the Commission previously has indicated to be included in the ban. Most regrettably the Commission has chosen not include seal damaged fish as part of fish discarded in the Baltic fisheries, and thereby potentially opening up a considerable loophole in the management. 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.