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November 16, 2023

Gulf of Riga herring – the only healthy Baltic herring stock

Photo by Payllik Out of four herring stocks in the Baltic Sea three are in great distress, whereas the Riga herring is doing fine and has been stable or even increased over the last two decades. The reasons for this were discussed at a recent Baltic Breakfast hosted by the Baltic Sea Centre, Stockholm university. … Continued

November 10, 2023

Disappointing new measures on glass eel in the Mediterranean

This week, the management of European Eel has been discussed at the 46th Annual Session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM). The Mediterranean has been forging ahead on eel management in recent years, leading the way compared to the rest of the EU. But the new Recommendation adopted today is somewhat disappointing. … Continued

November 8, 2023

Small Fish – Big Impact, new FishSec project highlights the importance of forage fish

Stockholm, 8 November, 2023: FishSec is happy to announce that our new project Small Fish – Big Impact has started. This project, generously funded by the Swedish Postcode Lottery, will focus on the small but important fish known as forage fish, the importance of these species in the Baltic Sea and the need to manage these … Continued

November 1, 2023

ICES repeats zero catch advice for eel

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, ICES, published its scientific advice for European eel for 2024 today. It is echoing last year’s advice: zero catches in all habitats and for all life stages and zero mortality for all non-fisheries related human impacts. European eel is not recovering and yet most EU countries … Continued

Upcoming events

CITES Workshop on Non-Detriment Findings (NDFs)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Dates: 04 - 08 December

Meeting date
04 - 08 December 2023
Closed event
Global meeting for CITES Parties and qualified observers to develop NDF guidance.   Practical information related to travel and stay Accredited workshop participants (provisional list) Procedural documents NDF draft guidance NDF case studies: Birds: Cockatoo NDF case study Terrestrial invertebrates: Timber-producing trees: short case studies Reptiles:


From niche to norm: Setting sail for low-impact fisheries in the EU

Location: Online

Dates: 05 December

Dec 5, 2023 04:00-05:30 PM CET ANP|WWF-Portugal and the WWF European Policy Office are delighted to invite you to a webinar: "From niche to norm: Setting sail for low-impact fisheries in the EU." Join us to discover WWF’s latest paper on the necessary transition towards environmentally sustainable, economically viable and socially responsible EU fisheries, and how to measure success. Hear first hand from EU decision makers, fishers, scientists, industry representatives and civil society about the key next steps in this process. English-Portuguese interpretation available. Panel: - Sónia Olim, Director of the Fuzeta Fishermen's Association - Didier Gascuel, Professor of Marine Ecology, Institut Agro Rennes - Brian O’Riordan, Policy Advisor, Low Impact Fishers of Europe (TBC) - Evelien Ranshuysen, Common Fisheries Policy team leader, European Commission Concluding remarks by MEP Francisco Guerreiro.


The State of Mediterranean and Black Sea Fisheries – Special edition 2...

Location: Online Zoom

Dates: 07 December

Thursday, 7 December 2023, 10 am CET, Zoom  This special edition updates statistics and figures on the status and management of fisheries in the region and includes, for the first time, an overview of the aquaculture sector in Mediterranean and Black Sea countries. It provides useful and reliable data as an essential source of information on fisheries and aquaculture in the region and a key tool to support decision-making and monitor progress towards the goals set by the GFCM. The event will consist of a brief presentation of key data and findings, with comments from select speakers from the region, followed by a Q&A session open to all participants.   Interpretation will be provided in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.   Please share this invitation with anyone who may be interested and do not hesitate to contact the GFCM Secretariat for any further information or technical requests. We look forward to your participation. Best regards, The GFCM Secretariat


December Council- Agriculture and Fisheries Council Brussels

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Dates: 11 - 12 December

Agriculture and Fisheries Council is held 11-12 December 2023.