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March 24, 2022

Press Release: New study presented on dramatic decline of cod in the Baltic Sea

Stockholm, March 24 2022; The Eastern Baltic cod population used to be one of the largest cod populations in the Atlantic. Today, decades of overexploitation paired with eutrophication and habitat degradation have led to a dramatic decline in the two main populations (Eastern and Western) of Baltic cod. But it is not too late for … Continued

March 16, 2022

Press release: NGOs urge EP to push for full implementation of the CFP

Brussels 16 March 2022: Ahead of the European Parliament’s public hearing on the implementation and future perspectives of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) tomorrow, NGOs are calling on EU institutions and Member States to better follow and enforce the rules of the policy, rather than considering any reform at this stage. Vera Coelho, Senior Director … Continued

March 9, 2022

Registration now open for the launch of our report on “The Decline of Cod in the Baltic Sea”

As part of our Return of the Cod project Fish Sec scientist and experts from the University of Gothenburg conducted an extensive study into all available information on Baltic cod. This detailed review of both academic studies and other literature,  provides an overview of the situation of cod in the Baltic Sea today and the … Continued

February 24, 2022

Record catch of ghost fishing gear on the Swedish West coast

Sotenäs, a municipality on the Swedish West coast, has been running a ghost fishing project since 2017 where they find and retrieve lost fishing gear. Lost fishing gear such as lobster tins in the sea leads to fish and shellfish finding their way into them and eventually dying, so-called ghost fishing. Last Friday, February 18, … Continued

Upcoming events

FishSec webinar on advances in electronic monitoring in fisheries

Dates: 31 May

In this webinar experts from different backgrounds (science, government and NGO) will present on recent developments in the field of electronic monitoring in fisheries. Registration can be done here.

Release of ICES advice on Baltic Sea fish stocks

Dates: 31 May

Time: usally at 12.00 CET


World Oceans Day 2022

Location: Global

Dates: 08 June

The theme of the United Nations World Oceans Day in 2022 is Revitalization. The UN World Oceans Day was first proposed at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, as a way to celebrate the world’s oceans and our connection to the sea, as well as to raise awareness about the crucial role the oceans and their living and non-living resources play in our lives and the important ways people can help protect it. Careful management of these essential global resources, including biodiversity and fish resources, is a key to a sustainable future. According to the UN, marine protected areas (MPAs) need to be effectively managed and well-resourced and regulations need to be put in place to reduce overfishing, marine pollution and ocean acidification. The UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea is actively coordinating different activities for World Oceans Day, while UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) sponsors the World Ocean Network.  


EU Stakeholder event on the CFP

Dates: 10 June

The Commission will organise a stakeholder event as part of the review of the functioning of the Common Fisheries Policy to discuss the results of the online consultation and the in-depth regional discussions, as well as a number of studies on different aspects of the CFP, such as climate change, regionalisation and the landing obligation. There will also be reflections on developments in the European Parliament and the Council. More information to follow.