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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

February 3, 2023

Denmark and EU to fund extensive studies on the impact of bottom trawls

How is the seabed affected when you use bottom-trawls and how different is the impact depending on what bottom dragging tool you choose? The Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries invests 16 million DKK in a new study focusing on the consequences of bottom-trawling and other questions in a study that will examine the … Continued

January 25, 2023

New report examines long-term effects of no-take zones in Swedish waters

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are increasingly established worldwide to protect and restore degraded ecosystems. However, the level of protection varies among MPAs and has been found to affect the outcome of the closure. In no-take zones (NTZs), no fishing or extraction of marine organisms is allowed. The EU Commission recently committed to protect 30% of … Continued

January 25, 2023

PECH hearing on the perfomance of the Baltic MAP

With the 2002 reform of the common fishery policy (CFP), multiannual management plans started to replace the year-to-year management of fish stocks in European Community waters. Social and economic factors play an important role in determining the success or the failure of these plans. A successful multiannual management plan is one that not only ensures … Continued

Upcoming events

Workshop on Assessing the Impact of Fishing on Oceanic Carbon

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark (and online)

Dates: 25 - 28 April

Workshop on Assessing the Impact of Fishing on Oceanic Carbon
25–28 April 2023 ICES Headquarters, Copenhagen, DenmarkRegistration deadline: 11 April 2023
​​​The role of fish and fishing in the marine carbon budget is an area of growing interest in the context of the marine biological carbon pump (BCP) helping to regulate atmospheric CO2 levels. Fish represent a component of the BCP, and fishing and fish removals are likely to perturb that contribution. Fishing may also lead to food web changes that in turn alter the carbon budget. In addition, fishing gear is known to have direct impacts on the seafloor, e.g. re-suspending sediment, and hence carbon, and potentially altering the benthic community dynamics with further possible impacts on carbon sequestration. And then there is the issue of the fuel use emissions footprint of fishing​. All this makes for a complex picture of fishing in a climate change perspective. ​ This workshop is designed to review all these issues together and to chart a roadmap for future research and pathways to ecosystem-informed advice and management approaches​. Many, if not most, of the publications linked above focus on one aspect of the relationship, but a more holistic approach is now warranted. Given the need for a wider, multi- or trans-disciplinary approach, we would seek contributors with a range of skills and knowledge. This would range from biogeochemists and physical oceanographers to fishing gear and vessel technologists, and include multi-species modelers, benthic biologists and fisheries scientists, as well as social scientists working in the social-ecological systems arena. ​We encourage in-person participation, but online participationg will also be possible​. If you are interested in joining the workshop please contact the chairs or ICES Secretariat.​​​​​​ ​


Release of ICES Advice on Baltic Sea fish stocks

Dates: 31 May

Time: usually at 12.00 CET


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.


Release of ICES Advice on European eel

Dates: 24 October

Time: Usually around 12.00 CET