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What we do

Last updated: 13/08/2015

At the Fisheries Secretariat we work towards more sustainable fisheries through communication, international co-operation, capacity building and lobbying at an European level with focus on the Baltic Sea region. 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:

Regional management – the BSAC

Together with representatives of the fishing sector and other interest groups, the Fisheries Secretariat is a member of the Baltic Sea Advisory Council (BSAC). 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 BSAC 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 AC.

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