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What's On

  • Nov
    PECH Committee meeting
  • Nov
    ICCAT Special Meeting of the Commission
    Genova, Italy
  • Nov
    Fishing for space
    Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Nov
    Joint ICES-MYFISH Workshop to consider the basis for Fmsy ranges for all stocks
  • Nov
    Funding cooperation – Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme Conference
    Warsaw, Poland
  • Nov
    Fish Dependence Day – Sweden
  • Dec
    DG ENVI Joint workshop for policy areas Nature, WFD and MSFD
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Dec
    PECH Committee meeting

Latest News

  • 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 »
  • 2014-10-17 Snapshots from the ecosystem-based legal framework for the Baltic Sea conference

    The Stockholm Environmental Law and Policy Centre (SELPC) and Baltic Ecosystem Adaptive Management (BEAM) hosted a transdisciplinary conference looking at how countries around the Baltic Sea can move towards an ecosystem-based approach for managing fisheries and eutrophication and how this is to be implemented in the binding laws and regulations. Read more »
  • 2014-10-15 JRC launches a Marine Strategy Framework Directive Competence centre

    The Marine Strategy Framework Directive Competence Centre is set up to help EU countries achieve ‘Good Environmental Status’ of their marine waters by 2020, the main aim of the MSFD which seeks to protect the fragile balance of marine ecosystems, upon which many economic and social activities such as fishing or tourism depend. Read more »
  • 2014-10-14 The Council decision on Baltic TACs fails to meet CFP sustainability targets gravely

    Baltic Sea, as the first region to implement the rationalized requirements of the new CFP, has by many been considered as a role model for the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy. Yesterday, these expectations were sadly not fulfilled when the Council decided for fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2015. Read more »
  • 2014-10-13 European Commission announces changes to the Advisory Councils

    Last week the European Commission announced several changes to the Advisory Councils. Changes necessary to move towards regionalised fisheries management giving the Advisory Councils a stronger voice and a more balanced representation within fishery policy. 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.