The Fisheries Secretariat has over the years been involved in a number of focused efforts and projects that are now completed.
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Race for the Baltic
In the summer of 2013, Fisheries Secretariat (FISH), Coalition Clean Baltic and Oceana came together with Zennström Philanthropies to create the campaign: Race for the Baltic. The purpose of the campaign was to call for action to improve practices and protection of the Baltic Sea. To show our commitment, we biked around the Baltic Sea in the summer of 2013, visiting 9 countries and riding around 3 500 km in 3 months, collecting signatures from the public and other stakeholders. Read more.
Scientific Advice for Fisheries Management At Multiple Scales (SAFMAMS)
Funded by the EU, SAFMAMS aimed to draw insights from existing research projects and management processes on the most useful forms of scientific advice for marine environmental management, and then communicate those insights to scientists and decision makers. The primary focus of the project was fisheries management in Northern Europe. SAFMAMS was completed in July 2008. Read more.
Illegal fishing in the Baltic Sea region
In 2005, the scientific advice provided by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) on the state of Baltic Sea fish stocks highlighted that illegal fishing for some species was widespread and unsustainable. Moreover, ICES maintained that such illegal activities severely compromised its ability to produce sound, science-based advice on several commercial fisheries in the region.
Against this background, the Fisheries Secretariat (FISH) decided to undertake a 6-month scoping study to review the illegal fishing problem and subsequently, if appropriate, recommend how FISH and other relevant stakeholders could effectively contribute to improving compliance with applicable European fisheries regulations in the Baltic. Read more.