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June 18, 2021

Mixed box in ICES advice on Baltic fishing opportunities for 2022

The International Council of the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has released the advice for fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for next year. There is no sign of recovery for depleted populations, such as eastern Baltic cod and western spring spawning herring. Yet again, zero catch is advised for both stocks.. A substantial decline in central Baltic herring has resulted in advice to cut the quota. Some stocks are doing better, including the reassessed herring populations in the Bothnian Sea, herring in the Gulf of Riga, sprat and most flatfish populations.

June 16, 2021

Report: Fisheries closures fail to protect critically endangered eel

The European eel has been in decline for decades and is on the IUCN Red list as Critically Endangered. Despite this, a wide-spread commercial and recreational fishery is allowed to continue in the EU. In 2017, a Joint Declaration to aid its recovery was adopted, including national three-month fishing closures to protect eel migration. Our report shows that many Member States are more likely to protect their fishing sector than the eels.

June 11, 2021

EU council approves EU-UK agreement on fishing opportunities

Today the EU Council approved the agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom on fishing opportunities for 2021 and, for deep-sea stocks, for 2021 and 2022. This agreement is the result of several rounds of consultations between the EU and the UK over the last five months. Amongst other provisions, it sets out … Continued

June 1, 2021

Great visual tool for eel shown at final SUDOANG event

Over the last couple of days, the final event of the SUDOANG project was held online. The project set out to investigate why the European eel is not recovering, despite the agreed EU regulation (1100/2007) having been implemented for more than 10 years, and what improvements are needed to help save the eel. It has … Continued

Upcoming events

Fish Passage 2021

Dates: 21 - 24 June

The annual Fish Passage Conference brings together experts and practitioners from around the globe to focus on the future of river connectivity, discussing cutting-edge research and showcases on fish passage. The theme of this year’s four-day webinar is Global Solutions for River Connectivity Issues. In order to enable people from all continents to take part, there will be a 2.5 hour session each day.  


GFCM Scientific Advisory Committee on Fisheries

Dates: 22 - 25 June

Agenda GFCM SAC22 2021The 22nd session of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Fisheries (SAC) under the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), will be held online via Zoom. Among other things on the agenda, there will be updates on the research programmes on European eel, red coral and blue crabs.  

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NGO Strategy Meeting on European eel

Dates: 22 June

Time: 09.30–12.30 CEST This meeting will be held online on the Zoom platform.

OSPAR Ministerial Meeting

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Dates: 25 June

On 25 June 2021, OSPAR will hold a ministerial meeting hosted by the Government of Portugal in Lisbon. The meeting had originally been planned for June 2020 but was postponed in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the on-going uncertainty around COVID-19, the arrangements for the meeting will be kept under review. The meeting will look back at OSPAR's 2010-2020 strategy and celebrate successes. It will also look to the future with the launch of a new 2020-2030 strategy and work towards what still needs to be done to achieve OSPAR's vision of "a clean, healthy North-East Atlantic, used sustainably".