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January 15, 2019

20 measures for 2020

In a letter to Environment Ministers concerning the lagging implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, NGOs have highlighted 20 measures that can help to achieve the obligations the EU has committed to.

November 23, 2018

Report: The EU is not addressing fishing overcapacity as it should under the CFP

A new report from the Fisheries Secretariat shows that EU rules regarding fishing capacity are not being followed in the Baltic region. Member States have fudged their figures, obscuring which fleet segments and vessels fish on which stocks and the European Commission has not revised its guidelines in order to ensure clarity, as recommended by its own advisory committee.

November 19, 2018

No more sand dredging in The Sound

On Friday 16 November 2018, the Minister for Environment presented the Danish Parliament with details of a new Executive Order on the exploration and recovery of raw materials from the Sound, within the Danish part of the Baltic Sea. A majority in the Parliament consisting of SF, Enhedslisten, De Radikale and De Konservative are in favor of the proposal.

November 8, 2018

Scientific advice: keep impacts on eel at, or close to, zero

The International Council for Exploration of the Seas (ICES) released its latest advice on European eel on 7 November. Its advice remains consistent: “ICES advises that when the precautionary approach is applied for European eel, all anthropogenic impacts (e.g. caused by recreational and commercial fishing on all stages, hydropower, pumping stations, and pollution) that decrease production and escapement of silver eels should be reduced to – or kept as close to – zero as possible in 2019. ”

Upcoming events


Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Dates: 29 January

Nationell yrkesfiskekonferens

Location: Karlstad, Sweden

Dates: 31 January - 01 February

The national fisheries conference is organised by Jordbruksverket along with Länsstyrelsen Varmland and Landsbygdsnätverket 2020.

Helsinki Commission – 40th meeting

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Dates: 07 - 08 March

This is a meeting of the highest body of HELCOM. Further information including provisional agenda

MARELITT Baltic Final Conference

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Dates: 20 - 21 March

The meeting will be hosted by Keep Sweden Tidy. Further information about the MARELITT Baltic project.