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January 21, 2021

UK signs agreement with ICES

Before Christmas the UK government signed a MoU with ICES that will ensure continued scientific collaboration also after the departure from the EU. ICES will continue to provide scientific advice to the government on fishing opportunities, including information on the state of marine ecosystems and the impact of human activities. The International Council of the … Continued

December 21, 2020

Roll-over of three month fishing closures for eel

At the Fisheries Council last week, many big issues competed for attention and not much was heard about the Critically Endangered European eel. The Council did, however, agree on a roll-over of the current provisions for a three-month closure of all eel fisheries. Since December 2017, there has been a provision within the annual TAC … Continued

December 21, 2020

Fisheries ministers continue overfishing in breach of EU law

EU Common Fisheries Policy obligates member states to achieve maximum sustainable yield “by 2020 at the latest”. Still, December 17, EU fisheries ministers decided to set around one third of the Atlantic fishing quotas for 2021 managed exclusively by the EU above the sustainable limits advised by scientists. And the Mediterranean will remain the most … Continued

December 16, 2020

EU commission Brexit contingency plan on fisheries approved by Council

All EU fishing vessels have equal access to Union waters as long as they follow the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). From 1 January 2021 the CFP will no longer apply to the United Kingdom and UK waters, territorial sea and adjacent exclusive economic zone, will no longer be part of the Union waters. The European … Continued

Upcoming events

ICES Workshop on the Future of Eel Advice (WKFEA)

Dates: 01 - 05 February

ICES Workshop on the Future of Eel Advice (WKFEA) will meet to discuss the current advice framework, consider options for future assessment and advice needs, and draft a roadmap towards recommendations for a new or adapted advice framework on fishing opportunities and potentially other anthropogenic pressures on European eel.

WKFEA will work by correspondence from 2 November 2020 to 29 January 2021, and if the health situation allows meet 1–5 February 2021, otherwise online.

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Location: ICES, Copenhagen, Denmark

42nd Meeting of the Helsinki Commission

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Dates: 17 - 18 March


Location: Online meeting (EET)

Dates: 23 - 25 March

3rd Meeting of the continuation of the project for Baltic-wide assessment of coastal fish communities in support of an ecosystem-based management