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June 18, 2024

Joint NGO recommendations on Baltic Sea fishing opportunities for 2025

The decline of fish populations in the Baltic Sea ecosystem has been extensively documented and analyzed by now. This decline has been ongoing for decades but has intensified in recent years, with some fish populations collapsing or being on the verge of collapse. The latest ICES assessment again shows that populations of commercially harvested stocks are … Continued

June 4, 2024

Mediterranean long-term management measures for European eel discussed this week

Since 2018, the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) has been at the forefront of European eel management. However, the current GFCM measures adopted in 2023 are still far from aligned with the scientific advice and are unlikely to secure eel recovery. The long-term management measures that the GFCM is set to adopt in … Continued

June 3, 2024

NGOs call on decision makers to do right by the Baltic Sea ecosystem – new scientific advice shows that Baltic fish stocks are still under stress

On Friday, the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) published its scientific advice on how much fish can be caught in the Baltic Sea next year. The numbers show that the Baltic Sea ecosystem and fish stocks remain in severe distress and that even the cuts in catches that have been made … Continued

April 26, 2024

Now recruiting: Fisheries Policy Officer

FishSec is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection and restoration of marine ecosystem services, with a focus on fisheries in the Baltic Sea region and the European Union. Our long-term goal is well managed seas with rich biodiversity and thriving fish stocks to secure healthy and local seafood to consumers and a sustainable fishing … Continued

Upcoming events


Location: Berlin, Germany

Dates: 03 September

The next BALTFISH forum meeting will be held on September 3 at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Berlin. More information to come in August.

Consultation: Common fisheries policy – evaluation

Dates: 06 September

The Commission would like to hear your views for the Common fisheries policy – evaluation. This evaluation will provide an overview on how the Common Fisheries Policy Regulation, its instruments and measures have been performing over the last decade (2014-2024). It will assess whether the general objective of ensuring that fisheries and aquaculture are environmentally sustainable and managed in a way that is consistent with the objectives of achieving economic, social and employment benefits have been met.   Feedback period: 20 June 2024 - 06 September 2024 (midnight Brussels time)


Offshore wind and migratory fish-seminar

Dates: 08 - 09 October

The Finnish-Swedish transboundary river commission invites to an international seminar in Kemi, Finland with the theme: Offshore wind power and migratory fish. This is a follow up to a seminar arranged in March 2023 with the same theme.

The purpose is to create a forum of experts, authorities, stakeholders, project developers as well as other interested parties for an exchange of information about the state of knowledge regarding the impacts of offshore wind power on migratory fish. Some relevant questions are:

  • What knowledge and experiences are there at the moment?
  • What knowledge is missing?
  • How can combined and cumulative impacts be assessed?
  • How is relevant transboundary co-operation being done?
More information about the arrangements and more detailed program will come later.

Agriculture and Fisheries Council (October Council)

Location: Luxembourg

Dates: 21 - 22 October

The Agriculture and Fisheries Council will be held in Luxembourg on 21-22 October 2024.