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March 6, 2018

Environment ministers struggle to deliver on promise of a healthy Baltic Sea

Today, 6 March, the HELCOM ministerial meeting will gather Environment Ministers from the Baltic region in Brussels. The first of its kind for five years sees implementation of marine environment laws as its focus. But ten years after the original Baltic Sea Action Plan was signed all countries fall short on the promise of a healthy Baltic Sea, as described in a new report from World Wildlife Fund, WWF.

March 6, 2018

NGO coalition call on Danish fisheries minister to act after reports on illegal, unreported discarding of fish

In an open letter to the Danish fisheries minister Karen Ellemann, dated 21 February, seven NGOs call on Denmark to take action to stop the widespread illegal and unreported discarding in the Baltic cod fishery and suggest solutions for a successful Landing Obligation, which is an obligation under the EU common fisheries policy (CFP).

December 21, 2017

Red flags for EU fishing quotas

Ahead of the December Council meeting at which quotas for the Northeast Atlantic and North Sea are set, The Fisheries Secretariat along with Seas At Risk, The Pew Charitable Trusts, ClientEarth and Oceana provided a briefing to Ministers with recommendations for 16 stocks identified as being in environmentally poor condition and having been mismanaged. Ministers … Continued

December 21, 2017

WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies!

Trade treaties with teeth are in practice often a major hurdle to environmental protection measures. Trade hawks routinely claim that this need not be so. Sometimes they say that governments are unnecessarily cautious. Another stock reply is that the solution is international environmental rules, giving everyone a level playing field.

Upcoming events

Danish BALTFISH Presidency

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Dates: 01 July - 30 June

ICES: Assessment Working Group on Baltic Salmon and Trout

Location: Turku, Finland

Dates: 20 - 28 March

ICES: Workshop Ecosystem Overviews for the Baltic

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Dates: 21 - 23 March

Baltic Sea Day

Location: St.Petersburg, Russia

Dates: 22 - 23 March

HELCOM will have their 19th Baltic Sea Day forum. Further information.