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June 29, 2021

One-third of global high seas fishing done by only 100 companies

Seafood companies rarely disclose what or where they are fishing. To provide an overview of the fishing industry in the high seas—the area beyond national jurisdiction—researchers linked fishing activity in the high seas to vessel owners and corporate actors. They identified 1,120 corporate actors for 2,482 vessels (∼2/3 of high seas fishing vessels and effort … Continued

June 29, 2021

EU fishermen call consumers to boycott seafood products from Norway

The UK departure from the EU has altered the fisheries governance and political scenario in the Northeast Atlantic. In a move to take advantage of the new situation, Norway seems to have abandoned the path of dialogue and good cooperation, unilaterally deciding to unlawfully grab EU fish quota, writes Europêche in a press release. This … Continued

June 23, 2021

Baltic salmon exemption from landing obligation extended

The Commission has adopted an Delegated Regulation extending the exemption of Baltic salmon from the discard ban (landing obligation) set out in the Common Fisheries Policy. This is a current exemption which only applies to Baltic salmon caught in certain types of traps, which expired on 31 December 2020.

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.

Upcoming events

Towards more sustainable fishing in the EU – state of play and orienta...

Dates: 09 June - 31 August

This Commission initiative reports on the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy, including progress on:

  • achieving sustainable fisheries
  • assessing the state of fish stocks
  • balancing fleet capacity and fishing opportunities.
It also launches a public consultation on fixing fishing opportunities for 2022: The consultation is open from 9 June to 31 August 2021.  


Feedback open on proposal to extend 12 nm derogation

Dates: 06 July - 31 August

After consultation with the Member States and the relevant Advisory Councils, the European Commission has put forward a proposal to extend the current derogation under the CFP (Art. 5.2 of Regulation 1380/2013) from the rule of equal access to waters, which authorises the Member States to restrict fishing in the coastal zone, up to 12 nautical miles. This derogation tends to honour historical agreements with neighbouring countries, and also enables Member States to reduce the fishing pressure in biologically sensitive areas and provide stability for small-scale coastal fisheries. Unless it is extended, the derogation expires on 31 December 2022. This adopted act is open for feedback for a minimum period of 8 weeks. To provide feedback, see the link below.



Location: Sweden

Dates: 07 - 15 August

The West Coast Maritime Week is an initiative from Region Västra Götaland in Sweden to increase awareness of our marine environment and the sustainable use of its resources. During the Week, hundreds of activities will be taking place along the Swedish West Coast, from Ängelholm in the south to Strömstad in the north.


Baltic Sea Parliamentary Youth Forum

Dates: 28 August

Decision-makers of today meet region builders of tomorrow to discuss sustainability in the Baltic Sea region. Aimed at Baltic residents between 16 and 30 years old. Register before 30 April!