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November 23, 2018

Report: The EU is not addressing fishing overcapacity as it should under the CFP

A new report from the Fisheries Secretariat shows that EU rules regarding fishing capacity are not being followed in the Baltic region. Member States have fudged their figures, obscuring which fleet segments and vessels fish on which stocks and the European Commission has not revised its guidelines in order to ensure clarity, as recommended by its own advisory committee.

November 19, 2018

No more sand dredging in The Sound

On Friday 16 November 2018, the Minister for Environment presented the Danish Parliament with details of a new Executive Order on the exploration and recovery of raw materials from the Sound, within the Danish part of the Baltic Sea. A majority in the Parliament consisting of SF, Enhedslisten, De Radikale and De Konservative are in favor of the proposal.

November 8, 2018

Scientific advice: keep impacts on eel at, or close to, zero

The International Council for Exploration of the Seas (ICES) released its latest advice on European eel on 7 November. Its advice remains consistent: “ICES advises that when the precautionary approach is applied for European eel, all anthropogenic impacts (e.g. caused by recreational and commercial fishing on all stages, hydropower, pumping stations, and pollution) that decrease production and escapement of silver eels should be reduced to – or kept as close to – zero as possible in 2019. ”

November 5, 2018

Kattegat cod – a small catastrophe

The ICES advice for cod in the Kattegat and their Baltic Fisheries Assessment Working Group report[1] have some sensational details. It is a telling example of the state the environment in European seas and EU fisheries policy.

Upcoming events

EU Fisheries Council

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Dates: 17 - 18 December

The TACs and quotas for North Sea and Atlantic fish stocks in 2019 will be decided. Further information will appear here.


Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Dates: 17 - 18 January

This is the annual meeting between ICES and the Advisory Councils.


Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Dates: 29 January

Nationell yrkesfiskekonferens

Location: Karlstad, Sweden

Dates: 31 January - 01 February

The national fisheries conference is organised by Jordbruksverket along with Länsstyrelsen Varmland and Landsbygdsnätverket 2020.