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November 13, 2020

EU seas long way from Good Environmental Status

On Wednesday, the Commission discussed its report on the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive with its expert group on Strategic Coordination. The report showed that while the EU’s framework for marine environmental protection is one of the most ambitious in the world, persistent challenges remain, such as excess nutrients, underwater noise, plastic litter … Continued

November 12, 2020

Proposal for Mediterranean eel measures revised

In its proposal for fishing opportunities for 2021 in the Mediterranean and Black seas, the Commission had included preliminary catch limits for European eel, as well as provision for the three-month fishing closure. This proposal has now been revised.

October 30, 2020

ICES advice: all eel mortality should be kept close to zero

ICES has published its advice on European eel for 2021. It is essentially the same as it has been since 2003: keep all anthropogenic impacts as close to zero as possible. Despite this advice, most EU countries still allow eel fishing to take place. ICES advice for European eel (Anguilla anguilla) is based on the … Continued

October 28, 2020

Uncertainties of Brexit in this year’s TAC proposal

Uncertainties of Brexit in this year’s TAC proposal In the proposal for fishing opportunities for 2021, the Commission is showing some commitment to end overfishing but much uncertainty remains over stocks shared with the United Kingdom. A roll-over is likely on provisions for a 3-month ban of eel fishing. Yesterday, the Commission published its proposal … Continued

Upcoming events

Workshop on technical solutions to reduce unwanted catches of cod in t...

Location: Virtually via Zoom at 13:00 to 16:00

Dates: 30 November

This workshop is organised by BALTFISH/BSAC/DTU Aqua. The purpose of the workshop is to identify new and existing technical solutions that can be developed and/or directly implemented in the Baltic Sea to reduce unwanted catches of cod.


European Parliament Fisheries Committee (PECH)

Dates: 02 - 03 December

The PECH Committee meeting will be held remotely and will be webstreamed. 2 December: 09.00-12.00 and 13.45-15.45 3 December: 09.00-12.00


HELCOM 59th Meeting of the Heads of Delegation

Dates: 07 - 08 December

BSAC Pelagic Working Group

Location: Online Zoom meeting

Dates: 07 December

Time: 10.00-13.00