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September 28, 2020

WWF is calling for partial ban on bottom trawling in the Baltic

In connection with today’s EU-conference Our Baltic, WWF is calling on the Baltic Ministers to reconsider bottom trawling, which is one of the most damaging fishing methods, claiming it is preventing recovery of the ailing ecosystem the attainment of conservation objectives. In the report launched today, A sea under pressure: Bottom trawling impacts in the … Continued

September 28, 2020

Our Baltic Declaration signed – nature has spoken, now it’s time to act!

A declaration to improve the environment in the Baltic Sea was signed today by minsters of all EU Baltic Sea countries at the Our Baltic conference, hosted by the European Commission. Topics conversed during this one-day event stretched over several important issue areas such as marine litter, microplastics, ghost nets, impacts of bottom trawling, sustainable … Continued

September 25, 2020

Eel regulation not yet in line with Lisbon Treaty

The adoption of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2007 should have resulted in a revision of the Eel Regulation, incorporating changes in decision-making procedures and Commission powers. However, a Commission proposal to do so was never agreed upon and is now being withdrawn, leaving European eel without much needed ‘new’ Commission tools and proper scrutiny … Continued

September 25, 2020

ICES advice on European eel for 2021

The Joint EIFAAC/ICES/GFCM Working Group on Eels is meeting online this week (21–27 September). The Working Group is currently chaired by Jan-Dag Pohlmann from the Thünen Institute, Germany. Its meeting will be followed by the ICES Advice Drafting Group on Eel (ADGEEL) on 19-20 October. This year’s ICES advice on eel is scheduled to be … Continued

Upcoming events

DG ENVIRONMENT: Our Baltic Conference – 28 & 29 September

Location: Palanga, Lithuania / webstreaming

Dates: 28 - 29 September

Our Baltic will gather ministers, decision makers, scientists and stakeholders from NGOs and industry in the region and across the EU to discuss the challenges faced by this sea. In line with the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the Zero Pollution ambition announced in the European Green Deal, the Conference will focus on how to reduce the pressure from fisheries and the input of pollutants, litter and contaminants, including pharmaceuticals. It aims to boost commitment to the existing goals for the area in EU legislation, and opens the way to further commitments and new actions to tackle these problems. The event will combine a high-level Ministerial session and stakeholder discussions. Draft agenda Our Baltic conference 2020

PESH meeting – Committee on Fisheries

Dates: 01 October

PECH meeting Date; October 1 Channel; webstreamed Time; a.m. 09.00 - 11.00 Link for meeting documents and supporting analysis etc;  

Baltic Breakfast: The New Baltic Sea Action Plan – Contributions from ...

Dates: 07 October

Welcome to a Baltic Breakfast webinar on the new scientific findings that form the basis for HELCOM’s update of the Baltic Sea Action Plan. Time; 8:30-9:15, Swedish time (GMT +2 Channel; The webinar is broadcast at No registration is need

ICES Fish Stock Assessment SAM and TMB

Dates: 12 - 16 October

Training Courses Meeting Chairs Venue; ICES HQ, Copenhagen, Denmark Group website