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November 23, 2016

North Atlantic and North Sea TACs 2017: Policy briefing from the Fisheries Secretariat & Seas at Risk  

For the upcoming December Council meeting, at which quotas will be set for over 150 stocks, we have prepared a briefing outlining our main recommendations for certain key and vulnerable stocks. The principle outlined in the reformed CFP means that Ministers must set quotas below Fmsy, where possible. Thereby ensuring a sustainable harvest whilst allowing … Continued

November 17, 2016

NGOs renew calls for greater transparency when quotas are set

In a letter to the Slovakian Presidency of the EU, NGOs have requested that the December Council meeting at which quotas are set for hundreds of Atlantic and North Sea fish stocks is live streamed and publically accessible. Fish stocks are a public resource and it is in the public interest that decisions are taken … Continued

October 20, 2016

BALTFISH: Fisheries as part of integrated Baltic Sea marine management – what are the challenges & opportunities?

At the upcoming EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) meeting, The Fisheries Secretariat is organising a seminar to discuss BALTFISH, the regional management body established under the Flagship Project: “Regionalisation of fisheries management in the Baltic Sea” in 2010. This will be the first opportunity for a public discussion forum to meet and … Continued

October 11, 2016

2017 Baltic TACs decided

Cod overfishing will continue next year and the Baltic management plan is in tatters despite quota reductions of 56% for the western cod stock and 25% for the eastern. For sprat, the herring stocks, plaice and salmon, we welcome the decisions. They are all likely to all continue their upward trajectory and had their quotas set broadly in line with scientific advice.

Upcoming events

Slovakian EU Council Presidency begins

Dates: 01 July - 31 December

More information forthcoming.

Meeting between Advisory Councils and DG Mare

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Dates: 05 December

As part of the annual exchange of views, the Commission will meet with representatives from each of the Advisory Councils.

Fisheries Council

Dates: 12 - 13 December

Quotas for the North Sea, Atlantic, along with other waters will be decided.

BSAC Technical Working Group

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Dates: 15 December

Both the Technical Measures Framework and Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management will be discussed.