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June 3, 2023

Scientific Advice states that Baltic Sea herring stocks are below safe levels. NGOs: “stop while there is still time”

On May 31st, the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) published its scientific advice. Adding to an already dire situation for cod, ICES now advises that drastic cuts in fishing for Baltic herring are also necessary. NGOs and small scale fishermen alike react with calls for urgent action to taken by decision … Continued

June 3, 2023

Challenging the MSY paradigm: the importance of a healthy size distribution.

On 25 April 2023, the Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment organised an event on the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) instrument in regard of a sustainable fish stock structure management. The conference was chaired by MEP Caroline Roose and MEP Isabel Carvalhais and took place in the European Parliament and online.   This is … Continued

April 25, 2023

New report: Empowering EU Fisheries Policy to Restore Marine Health, Tackle Climate Change and Create Jobs

On the 19th of April 2023 a new report from Our Fish and Vertigo Lab was launched: Empowering EU Fisheries Policy to Restore Marine Health, Tackle Climate Change and Create Jobs.The launch webinar, attended by FishSec, can be viewed here. The executive summary and full report can be found below.   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The European … Continued

February 13, 2023

SLU-study show negative trend of pike populations in the Baltic Sea

A study conducted by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU, with the main purpose to assess temporal trends in the coastal pike population in the Baltic Sea was published in January. The study shows a clear population decrease over time with data covering 8 different countries over a period of 15-20 years. Earlier studies … Continued

Upcoming events

GFCM expert group on European eel in the Mediterranean (EGEMed)

Location: Rome and hybrid, Italy

Dates: 08 - 09 June

Information from the GFCM-Secretariat:


"Following the recommendation of the 45th GFCM to form a permanent GFCM Expert Group on European eel in the Mediterranean (EGEMed) covering several aspects related to the fisheries and management of European eel and considering the fact that the workplan of the GFCM called for meetings of both EGEMed and WGMEASURES-EEL, the WGMEASURES-EEL 2023 has been incorporated under one single meeting of the GFCM Expert Group on European eel in the Mediterranean (EGEMed)."



"According to the requests of the 45th GFCM and Recommendation GFCM/45/2022/1, the GFCM Expert Group on European eel in the Mediterranean in 2023 foresees a first day to discuss the next steps of the GFCM research programme on European eel and a second day to discuss relevant available information to further evaluate the possibility of implementing additional measures addressing glass eel, inter alia a total ban, catch limitations or determining key habitats, towards the possible implementation of new long-term measures in 2024, for the consideration of the 24th SAC in June 2023."

An annotated agenda will be circulated once registration is closed.

Participants are invited to submit a contribution, in line with the above-mentioned requirements and with the topics outlined in the provisional agenda, by sending an email to the GFCM Secretariat (


Participants: experts on European eel in the Mediterranean (partners of the research programme in particular), experts from the administrations of Mediterranean CPCs and relevant GFCM partners.

Location: The meeting will be held at FAO Headquarters in Rome in hybrid modality.

Registration: Interested participants are invited to register online through the GFCM website no later than Monday, 24 May 2023, ensuring to indicate the modality of attendance.

Financial support: Should you need financial support to attend the meeting, please let GFCM know no later than Monday, 8 May 2023 (the earlier the better).


For technical matters:

Ms Elisabetta Betulla MORELLO, GFCM Fishery Resources Officer



For administrative issues and any other matters:

GFCM Secretariat



Folkemødet, the Danish Democracy Festival on Bornholm

Location: Allinge, Bornholm, Denmark

Dates: 15 - 17 June

Unformal meetings between decision makers and citizens Every year in June, the small town Allinge at the island of Bornholm turns into a large celebration of our democracy. With more than 2000 political events created by 650 different organizations the Democracy Festival of Denmark has become an important democratic event in Denmark with the purpose of creating unformal meetings and dialogue between decision makers and citizens. The Democracy Festival of Denmark is composed of various events covering a broad variety of topics – From Energy and Climate to Health, Education and International Politics. All events are created by societal stakeholders.


BALTFISH Forum meeting

Location: Klaipėda, Lithuania

Dates: 20 June

The BALTFISH Forum meeting will take place on June 20, in Klaipėda. The exact timing, agenda and additional information will follow in the middle of May. Fill in the survey concerning participation before close of business 5/5.    

GFCM Twenty-fourth session of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Fis...

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

Dates: 20 - 23 June

The twenty-fourth session of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Fisheries (SAC) 20–23 June 2023 is held in person – Beirut, Lebanon.