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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. ”

November 5, 2018

Kattegat cod – a small catastrophe

The ICES advice for cod in the Kattegat and their Baltic Fisheries Assessment Working Group report[1] have some sensational details. It is a telling example of the state the environment in European seas and EU fisheries policy.

October 8, 2018

Research points toward solution for skinny cod

During the summer the first of three trials conducted by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and local fishermen from southern Sweden was concluded. The aim of the project is to improve the profitability of coastal fishing on wild cod. At present, the condition of Eastern Baltic cod is poor for a number of reasons including their small and skinny size which makes them unsuitable for the market.

October 2, 2018

HELCOM – Looking beyond the 2020 goal

During the summer, the new Finnish presidency of HELCOM publicised its priorities for the coming two years. This covers the target year 2020 for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

Upcoming events

Östersjöfiske2020 – Baltic Fisheries in 2020

Location: Simrishamn, Sweden

Dates: 15 - 16 November

The conference is organised by Marint Centrum of Simrishamn Kommun and will take place primarily in Swedish. Outcomes from last year's meeting can be found here.


EU Fisheries Council

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Dates: 19 - 20 November

The TACs and quotas for deep sea fish stocks in 2019 and 2020 will be decided. Further information will appear here.

EP PECH workshop : Discard ban, landing obligation and MSY in the West...

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Dates: 22 November

Norway – EU shared stocks negotiations

Location: Bergen, Norway

Dates: 26 - 30 November