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October 20, 2017

Job opportunity: Help fish and fishermen

FishSec is recruiting a fisheries policy officer to work with the implementation of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), focusing on regionalisation and fisheries management in the Baltic Sea. Work tasks include analysing scientific advice and policy proposals, writing policy briefs, as well as extensive contact with other stakeholders i.e. through the Baltic Sea Advisory … Continued

October 18, 2017

Precautionary approach ignored – data poor stocks overfished

This year’s quota setting for Baltic cod raises serious questions as to whether data poor fish stocks receive necessary protection and the precautionary approach is being applied, which according to experts is a legal obligation.

October 11, 2017

2018 Baltic TACs decided

After the longest negotiation in a decade the EU Member States reached a compromise on Baltic fishing quotas, early morning on 10 October. Baltic Cod will continue to be overfished next year compared to ICES advice. Fishing for the critically endangered European eel continues, but an EU-wide prohibition will be discussed ahead of the December council.

October 8, 2017

Managing Baltic Cod – when will Baltfish and EU Council start using the tools made available by the 2013 reform?

Today, Sunday 8 October, the Baltfish high-level group of civil servants will sit down and carve out the regional political compromise that will form he basis for fisheries ministers decision on Baltic Sea fishing qutoas 2018. The final decisions will be taken at the Agrifish council, 9-10 October. But any compromise made in Baltfish is very unlikely changed by the Council. But are Baltfish recommendations, and thus de-facto decisions on quotas, based on - or even consider - all relevant Articles of the Common Fisheries Policy?

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Estonian EU Council Presidency

Dates: 01 July - 31 December

Danish BALTFISH Presidency

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Dates: 01 July - 30 June

European Marine Board – implementing the UN 2030 Agenda

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Dates: 06 December

The 6th EMB Forum, on "Implementing the UN 2030 Agenda: What role for marine science?" will promote and foster a greater role of the marine science community in supporting the ongoing work at international level to advance the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Further information

EU Fisheries Council

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Dates: 11 - 12 December

Quotas will be set for the North Sea, Atlantic and other stocks.