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March 31, 2021

Create Vjosa National Park Now!

In March, NGOs, citizens and activists stepped up efforts to secure protection of one of Europe’s last free-flowing rivers – the Vjosa in Albania. By releasing first a documentary and then a series of photos taken in front of national monuments, such as the Eifeltower, they are calling for European political support.

March 31, 2021

FitHydro – exploring more fish-friendly hydropower

More environmentally friendly hydropower plants are not just about fish, but also about sediments and ultimately about habitats, participants learnt at an international conference about fish-friendly hydropower on 17-18 March. The future should be about a more flexible and dynmic approach, but also about decommissioning.

March 28, 2021

Danish fishers and conservationists jointly propose marine reserves

After months of negotiations, the Danish Society for Nature Conservation, DN, and the Danish Fishermen Producer Organisation, DFPO, present a historical proposal for ensuring a significant protection of the Danish sea. The proposal will ensure 10 percent untouched sea – no take Marine Protected Areas – in the North Sea, the Skagerrak, and the Baltic … Continued

March 25, 2021

Bottom trawling releases as much carbon dioxide as air traffic

Demersal trawling cause as much carbon dioxide emissions as air traffic, according to a new study. When the trawls are dragged along the sea floor large amounts of carbon is released, which increases global warming and makes the sea more acidic. In addition, bottom trawling threatens both ocean productivity and biodiversity. Bottom trawling is a … Continued

Upcoming events


Dates: 13 - 20 April

The ICES Baltic Fisheries Assessment Working Group (WGBFAS) provides scientific advice on the stocks in the Baltic Sea and adjacent areas ranging from Kattegat to the Gulf of Bothnia.


CMS Workshop on Angel Sharks in the Mediterranean

Dates: 15 - 27 April

15, 21 and 27 April. Online workshop.  


GFCM Subregional Committee for the Adriatic Sea

Dates: 20 - 22 April

Meeting of GFCM Subregional Committee for the Adriatic Sea (SRC-AS), including a session on the establishment of Adriatic Fisheries Restricted Areas (FRAs). Online.


IWC Annual Scientific Committee Meeting

Dates: 27 April - 14 May

The 2021 IWC Scientific Committee meeting (SC68C) will be held virtually to reduce risk of COVID-19 exposure to SC members.