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What we do

Published: 31/03/2011

At the Fisheries Secretariat (FISH), we work towards more sustainable fisheries through information, international co-operation, capacity building and lobbying at an international level, but with a focus on the Baltic Sea region and the European Union. We have a particular mission to support and help other organisations, as well as the public, with information and knowledge.

To achieve our goal, we:

  • track fishery policy development internationally as well as nationally;
  • provide information about the fisheries issues in the EU and globally;
  • aim to identify solutions and management measures that will make fisheries more sustainable;
  • try to change fisheries policy through direct and indirect lobbying;
  • collaborate with industry, NGOs, scientists and other stakeholders to achieve sustainable fisheries;
  • encourage public debate about fisheries issues; and
  • support our members and other stakeholders in their work.

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FISH is currently involved in a number of focused efforts and projects:

OCEAN2012 – an alliance to transform European fisheries

In early 2009, five organisations came together to form an alliance – OCEAN2012 – with the purpose of transforming European fisheries. OCEAN2012 is dedicated to stop overfishing, end destructive fishing practices and deliver fair and equitable use of healthy fish stocks. The Fisheries Secretariat was one of the founding organisations. Today OCEAN2012 counts more than 120 members across Europe and abroad. The Fisheries Secretariat (FISH) is responsible for outreach and coordination in the Baltic Sea region. Read more about OCEAN2012 and CFP reform.

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Focus Poland

Since 2007, the Fisheries Secretariat (FISH) has had a strong focus on the Baltic Sea region and the – at the time – critical situation of its two cod stocks. Poland was selected as a key country for this focus. Since then, the Fisheries Secretariat has been collaborating with a number of Polish NGOs in order to raise public awareness and increase public opinion in the area of professional fishing and its impact on the Baltic Sea environment. Read more about Focus Poland

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Regional management – the BS RAC

Together with representatives of the fishing sector and other interest groups, the Fisheries Secretariat is a member of the Baltic Sea Regional Advisory Council (BS RAC). This is one way to influence the formulation of fisheries policy and other measures that affect fish stocks and the natural environment of the Baltic Sea, as the BS RAC provides advice and submits proposals to the European Commission and the Member States in the region. We focus particularly on the management of Baltic cod, reducing illegal fishing and increasing gear selectivity. Read more about our work in the Baltic Sea RAC.

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Environmental guidance to decision-makers

Since 2009, the Fisheries Secretariat (FISH) and Seas At Risk (SAR) have been producing environmental guidance to decision-makers involved in European fisheries policy. The main targets have been the Fisheries Council and the Fisheries Committe in the European Parliament, but the guide is also available to other stakeholders. It provides all actors with relevant background information and recommendations. Read more about our environmental guidance