Latest news

May 17, 2016

2017 Baltic quota process moves forward

The Fisheries Secretariat attended the ICES Baltic Sea Advice Drafting Group last week, at their headquarters in Copenhagen. This is a key step in the process by which scientific recommendations are made for fishing opportunities next year. This advice will be published and the Commission will subsequently produce their own proposals to Council who then decide the quotas in October.

April 21, 2016

Introducing typhoon wire and fly-shooting: Technology creep and the Danish seine

On a recent spring morning along the Danish coast in Thorup Strand, Thomas Højrup, chairman of the Thorup Strand Fishermen’s Guild, gathered his guests on the beach to describe an unsettling fishing practice called Fly-Shooting.

April 21, 2016

Slow Fish, Northern Seas

A roar of the tractor’s engine, puff of smoke, and tightening of the cable, and the wooden boat slides cleanly from the sea to the shore at Thorup Strand on a spectacular Saturday afternoon. The daily catch of Baltic plaice, maybe two dozen fish pans today, will go to markets in northern Denmark.

April 20, 2016

BALTFISH Forum review

At the last BALTFISH Forum of the Polish Presidency, held on 18 April, measures to improve the situation of the cod stocks were discussed. In addition, the implementation of the landing obligation, technical measures in the Baltic, European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) implementation and transparency of BALTFISH activities were on the agenda.

Upcoming events

World Fisheries Congress: Challenge to Sustainable Fisheries and Safe ...

Location: Busan, Korea

Dates: 23 - 27 May

Quadrennial congress of the World Council of Fisheries Societies of which the main objective is to promote international cooperation in fisheries science, conservation and management.


Understanding marine socio-ecological systems: including the human dim...

Location: Brest, France

Dates: 30 May - 03 June

ICES are organising  the symposium, and the focus will be on integration and assessment across multiple ocean uses and sectors


Deadline for Member States´report on balance between fleet capacity an...

Dates: 31 May

More information forthcoming.

Slovakian EU Council Presidency begins

Dates: 01 June

More information forthcoming.