April 21, 2016

Introducing typhoon wire and fly-shooting: Technology creep and the Danish seine

On a recent spring morning along the Danish coast in Thorup Strand, Thomas Højrup, chairman of the Thorup Strand Fishermen’s Guild, gathered his guests on the beach to describe an unsettling fishing practice called Fly-Shooting.

April 21, 2016

Slow Fish, Northern Seas

A roar of the tractor’s engine, puff of smoke, and tightening of the cable, and the wooden boat slides cleanly from the sea to the shore at Thorup Strand on a spectacular Saturday afternoon. The daily catch of Baltic plaice, maybe two dozen fish pans today, will go to markets in northern Denmark.

April 20, 2016

BALTFISH Forum review

At the last BALTFISH Forum of the Polish Presidency, held on 18 April, measures to improve the situation of the cod stocks were discussed. In addition, the implementation of the landing obligation, technical measures in the Baltic, European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) implementation and transparency of BALTFISH activities were on the agenda.

April 19, 2016

Emotions run high at the BALTFISH Forum

Heated debate filled the morning session of the BALTFISH Forum yesterday, April 18. Bristling sharply in sports jackets and ties, Polish fishermen filled a corner of the meeting room at the Ministry of Agriculture in Warsaw, Poland.

April 14, 2016

Council talks technical measures, but are Member States ready?

Member States offered their first reactions on the Technical Measures Framework (TMF) at the Council meeting on 11 April, a month after the Commission had published their long-awaited proposal.

April 12, 2016

Key Member States fear EU directive will give Regional Sea Conventions some teeth

The Marine Strategy Coordination Group (MSCG) met in Brussels on April 7th to further the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

April 1, 2016

EU institutions are failing fisheries management

In a recent paper by Ramirez-Monsalve et al, the conflicting governance and management structures within the EU are identified as key impediments to the implementation of the ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management (EAFM).

March 29, 2016

Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management Workshop

We kindly invite you to the workshop “Towards Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management in the Baltic Sea” on 16-17 June in Stockholm, Sweden. The workshop is being organised by The Fisheries Secretariat, Baltic Eye at the Baltic Sea Centre and ICES. See this following link for a more detailed invitation: Invitation Please register for the workshop here Speakers include … Continued

March 29, 2016

EU takes backward step in meeting MSY objective

In 2014, less EU stocks were fished at or below Fmsy, 31 of 59, than the year before. Fishing, measured as the increase in F/Fmsy, increased by 9%. Meanwhile, 60% of assessed stocks were outside Safe Biological Limits (SBL).

March 16, 2016

Deal struck on Baltic multiannual plan

The first multiannual plan (MAP) under the new CFP was agreed last night after a deal was struck at trilogue. It will cover management of the Baltic cod, sprat and herring stocks.