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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.

January 4, 2017

Hypocrisy of the bottom trawling fleet

Following the quota reduction for western Baltic cod in 2017, the Fisheries Secretariat put forward a proposal to the Baltic Sea Advisory Council (BSAC). The proposal urges member states to support the most vulnerable fishers in line with Article 17 of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). However, this proposal was not supported by a single member representing the industrial fleet in the executive committee (ExCom) meeting, 15 November 2016 in Copenhagen.

January 3, 2017

Germany promises move towards a more transparent BALTFISH

Germany, holder of the BALTFISH presidency, will take initiatives to improve the transparency of the regional group. - We will contact the EU commission and ask if they can host a website for BALTFISH, said the chair Walter Dübner during a seminar at the EU Baltic Sea Strategy Forum in Stockholm.

December 22, 2016

Plan for closer cooperation between marine environment and fisheries management in the Baltic Sea

At the recent HELCOM Heads of Delegation meeting, 14-15 December, a commitment was made to initiate closer cooperation with BALTFISH.

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.

PECH European Parliament Fisheries Committee meeting

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Dates: 25 - 26 January

BSAC ExCom meeting

Location: Gdinya, Poland

Dates: 31 January

WKBALT: Benchmark workshop on Baltic stocks

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Dates: 06 - 10 February

ICES annual benchmarking meeting evaluating the state of commercial Baltic fish stocks.