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December 21, 2021

FishSec is hiring: Help us save the Baltic Sea!

FishSec is recruiting an international campaign coordinator and communications expert, initially to lead and support our Return of the cod-project. You will coordinate and support a network of highly qualified fisheries policy experts in our project partner organisations across the Baltic Sea countries. The challenge: to make EU member states across the Baltic region implement … Continued

December 15, 2021

Overfishing continues in EU waters

Yesterday, the Fisheries Council came to an agreement on fishing opportunities in 2022 for the North Sea, Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black seas. More than a third of stock will continue to be overfished in 2022. No agreement has been reached with the UK, so provisional quotas have been put in place for the first quarter of 2022. The European Commission still hopes that an agreement can be reach by 20 December at the latest.

December 14, 2021

Not a great deal for eel in 2022

After stark and clear scientific advice calling for zero catches of the critically endangered European eel in all habitats, the Fisheries Council agreed on a roll-over of the – so far poorly implemented – three-month eel fishing closures.

December 8, 2021

Proposal on eel not aligned with scientific advice

Instead of following the scientific advice, the Commission wants to strengthen the implementation of the three-month eel fishing closures and conduct a wide-ranging stakeholder consultation. Even this is likely to meet with resistance from Member States.

Upcoming events

EU consultations on CFP and CMO

Dates: 17 December - 28 February

On 17 December, the Commission launched two targeted consultations into the Common Fisheries Policy and the Common Market Organisation. In the consultations, stakeholders are asked to contribute to upcoming reports on the two policies, which the Commission aims to publish by the end of 2022. The consultations are open until 28 February 2022.


BSAC Pelagic Working Group

Dates: 24 January

This meeting of the Baltic Sea AC Pelagic Working Group will provide an update on current work on stickleback, including results from the trial fishery for stickleback in the Baltic Sea. There will also be an exchange of views on current and future Baltic pelagic fisheries, including the quotas for 2022 and 2023. Time: 10.00-13.00 CET.


ICES WKEMP3, part 2

Dates: 31 January - 04 February

This ICES Workshop for the Technical evaluation of EU Member States’ Eel regulation Progress Reports 2021 (WKEMP3) will support EU DG MARE in evaluating the implementation of the national Eel Management Plans (EMPs) under the Council Regulation (EC) No 1100/2007 establishing measures for the recovery of the stock of European eel.

HELCOM Workshop on OECMs in the Baltic Sea area

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Dates: 01 - 03 February

This is a HELCOM workshop on Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs) in the Baltic Sea area.

Time: 10.00-16.00 CET