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Proposal to Baltic Sea Advisory Council for Fair and Balanced external representation

February 9, 2017

The Baltic Sea Advisory Council has a significant imbalance in which organisations represent the Council in external fora, a FishSec review shows. The Other Interest Group (OIGs) holds 40% of the seats and yet attends only 17% of the meetings on an annual basis. By contrast the fishing industry attends 58% of meetings and the Secretariat 25%. FIshSec has proposed measures to achieve a fair and balanced representation.


Proposal to Baltic Sea Advisory Council for quota distribution in line with Article 17

January 4, 2017

In light of the significant cuts to the TAC for western Baltic cod in 2017, FishSec proposed a motion for adoption at the Baltic Sea Advisory Council that the limited quota should be allocated to the most vulnerable fishers, in terms of jobs and income, and to those who have the lowest environmental impact.


Joint NGO request for a meeting with the Maltese Presidency of the EU

November 30, 2016

With the Maltese EU Presidency to begin in 2017, the undersigned NGOs have requested a meeting to discuss the ongoing negotiations relating to the North Sea multiannual plan and the Technical Measures Framework, in addition to the revision of the Fishing Authorisation Regulation and the recast of the Data Collection Framework regulation. In the Mediterranean, where over 90% of stocks are overfished we also are looking to Maltese leadership to manage stocks in line with the MSY principle and end overfishing.


Joint NGO letter to DG Mare Director concerning Baltic quotas in 2017

November 28, 2016

In this letter the undersigned NGOs outlined their concerns regarding the science underpinning the quotas set for stocks, in particular western Baltic cod and Gulf of Riga herring, and their compliance with the Baltic multiannual plan. We welcomed the Commission's statements that this information would be made available and have requested that this is done so publically, so as to address the transparency concerns that have become apparent through the negotiations.


Request to Slovakian Presidency to live stream December Council meeting – joint NGO letter

November 23, 2016

In this letter, FishSec are one of eight organisations requesting that the upcoming Council meetings in 2016 are live streamed. There has been a lack of public scrutiny and transparency with regard to the setting of TACs and quotas and it is of public interest for these decisions to be taken in a more visible light.


North Atlantic and North Sea TACs 2017: Council briefing from the Fisheries Secretariat & Seas at Risk

November 23, 2016

This briefing provide recommendations to the Fisheries Council on the European Commission’s proposal on fishing opportunities in the North Atlantic and North Sea for 2017. The Fisheries Council will conclude on 13 December, and we ask the Council to endorse our recommendations in order to ensure more sustainable utilisation of our common marine resources. Our news story can be found here


Council brief on Deep Sea TACs for 2017 & 2018

November 3, 2016

This briefing provide recommendations to the Fisheries Council on the European Commission’s proposal on fishing opportunities for certain Deep Sea stocks for 2017 and 2018. This is the first time that these TACs have been set since the recent agreement of the new EU deep sea access regime. The Fisheries Council will conclude on 15 November, and we ask the Council to endorse our recommendations in order to ensure more sustainable utilisation of our common marine resources. Our letter to Ministers can be found here.


Baltic TACs 2017

October 10, 2016

Here you can find a table with the quotas, decided by Council, in the Baltic Sea fisheries for 2017.


Reply from Danish Minister, Esben Lunde Larsen, ahead of Council setting 2017 Baltic TACs

October 10, 2016

In this letter the Danish Minister replied to our joint position calling on Denmark to support quotas in line with scientific advice and the MSY principle. Denmark has been the Member State most reluctant to set cod quotas in line with these principles. Moreover, in his response the Minister failed to mention the recently agreed Baltic multiannual plan which sets the legal boundaries within which quotas may be set.


Letter to Danish Minister, Esben Lunde Larsen, ahead of Council setting 2017 Baltic TACs

October 5, 2016

In this letter both Danish and international NGOs called on the Danish Minister to support quotas in line with scientific advice and the MSY principle. Denmark has been the Member State most reluctant to set cod quotas in line with these principles.