BALTFISH

Baltic_Sea_mapWe participate in the BALTFISH Forum Seminars, a regional fisheries forum for exchanging ideas between stakeholders and national fisheries representatives from Members States across the Baltic Region.

BALTFISH is the Baltic Sea regional fisheries body with the primary goal to improve coordination and cooperation among Baltic Sea Member States.

BALTFISH works on two levels:

  • BALTFISH High-level group – composed of the Member States fisheries directors and invited officials from the European Commission.
  • BALTFISH Forum Seminar – composed of representatives from the Member States, the European Commission, representatives from BS AC, NGOs as well as ICES, HELCOM, etc.

BALTFISH provides recommendations to the European Commission and Council on Union fisheries conservation measures, multiannual plans, discard plans, and other regional fishery specific issues as granted in Article 18 on the principles for regionalisation under the Common Fisheries Policy (EU 1380/2013).

The chairship of BALTFISH high-level group rotates clockwise round the Baltic Sea on a yearly basis (and runs from 1 July to 30 June). Meetings are held in the country holding the chair, which also proposes agendas for the meeting. Upcoming chairs: Lithuania (2014/15), Poland (2015/16), Germany (2016/17) and Denmark (2017/18), Sweden (2018/19), Finland (2019/20), Estonia (2020/21) and Latvia (2021/22).

Attached documents:

Last updated: January 27, 2016

Recent publications

Fishing opportunities for Baltic Sea fish stocks in 2016 – FishSec rec...

August 25, 2015

FishSec has produced a short briefing and annex with recommendations for BALTFISH to consider in the discussions regarding Baltic TACs at...


Seal damaged fish – a joint NGO letter to BALTFISH

May 20, 2014

A joint letter from Oceana, The Fisheries Secretariat (FISH), Coalition Clean Baltic and the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC)...


BALTFISH draft discard plan – joint NGO considerations

February 28, 2014

A joint response from Oceana, The Fisheries Secretariat (FISH), WWF, Coalition Clean Baltic and the Finnish Society for Nature Conservation...


Baltic Discard ban – joint NGO considerations

April 26, 2013

Joint response from Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB), Oceana, The Fisheries Secretariat (FISH), Finnish Association for Nature Conservation and the Swedish...