Past events

BSAC Demersal Working Group

Location: Onine

Dates: 27 February 2024


HELCOM Baltic Stakeholder Conference and PROTECT BALTIC

Location: Espoo, Finland

Dates: 29 February 2024

HELCOM Baltic Stakeholder Conference and PROTECT BALTIC


DG MARE: Setting the scene for the Fishers of the Future

Location: Brussels, Belgium and online

Dates: 01 March 2024

Who are today’s fishers? Over the last three months, a team of national researchers led by Tetra Tech and partners, a consortium contracted by the European Commission, have consulted fishers in all 22 coastal EU Member States to define who they are, how they live, and what drives them. The research is one part of the Commission’s (Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) foresight project on ‘Fishers of the Future’, launched in October 2023.
The findings of this first phase have now been compiled into 12 distinct profiles, which aim to encapsulate the features that exist across today’s fishers – from the devoted fisher with generational solid ties, to the adaptive fisher who combines part-time fishing with other income-generating activities such as pescatourism or the itinerant crew fisher who is contracted as crew on medium, large-scale or distant water EU fleets. The profiles will be available for download on EUSurvey, and we will invite you to provide feedback that will be used to refine and strengthen the profiles and the study’s definition of fishers.

Next steps

The discussions with fishers also explored the condition in which the sector operates today and who the stakeholders are. This was the starting point for the study's ongoing second phase, which explores the future of the world around fishers. As part of this second phase, we invite you to contribute to a survey to provide your views on the key uncertainties and challenges fishers face, today and in the future. The aim is to understand the impact of these critical uncertainties and challenges and the potential that might result from them. Please submit your answers before 1 March 2024. To further enhance the development of ideas, the Commission will hold a participatory event on Tuesday 19 March 2024, in Brussels and online.


The ‘Fishers of the Future’ study is a key element of the ‘Pact for Fisheries and Oceans’, announced in February 2023 , to examine the future role of fishers in society up to 2050. The team of researchers who has been contracted to undertake the project is led by Tetra Tech International Development. Partner organisations include Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management Europe, Ipsos, F&S, and Trinomics.


BSAC Ecosystem Based Management Working Group

Location: Online

Dates: 08 March 2024



Location: Vilnius, Lithuania

Dates: 12 - 14 March 2024

The 3rd Informal Consultation Session of the Working Group on Ecosystem-based Sustainable Fisheries (IC WG FISH 3-2024) to be held in Vilnius, Lithuania. The session will start at 10:00 (timezone: Helsinki / Riga) on 12.03.2024 and is expected to terminate by 16:00 on 14.03.2024.


2024 Ocean Decade Conference

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Dates: 10 - 12 April 2024

The 2024 Ocean Decade Conference will be part of an entire Ocean Decade Week in Barcelona that will run from 8 to 12 April 2024. The official Conference will run for three days from 10 to 12 April at the Barcelona International Convention Centre.

The Conference will be structured into four thematic sessions based around groupings of the Ocean Decade Challenges. These sessions will comprise a mix of plenary and parallel sessions to present the results of the Ocean Decade Vision 2030 process, to showcase innovative science-solutions initiatives and to develop recommendations for the validation and finalisation of a common strategic ambition for each Ocean Decade Challenge.


International conference on protecting and restoring free-flowing rivers in Europe

Location: Groningen, The Netherlands

Dates: 15 - 17 April 2024

April 15-17, 2024 | Oosterpoort, Groningen, The Netherlands

Organised by World Fish Migration Foundation and Institute for Fisheries Management
  Free Flow 2024 is an international conference on protecting and restoring free-flowing rivers that is gathering policy makers, river managers, ecologists, researchers, students and industry. Rivers are under threat and freshwater biodiversity in decline. More than ever, the need to find solutions to build climate resilience and safeguard rivers that adapt to a changing environment becomes pressing for the future of nature and people. The conference has space for 120 speakers. Experts, researchers, practitioners are invited are send in abstracts before October 13, 2023. The conference is synchronised with the SWIMWAY conference 2024 that is taking place on April 17-19, 2024, in Groningen.


Technical workshop “Rebuilding the European eel stock and sustainability of sectors”

Location: Online

Dates: 24 April 2024

The European Commission, as part of its work on the marine action plan and the Joint Special Group, is organising an online technical workshop on “Rebuilding the European eel stock and sustainability of sectors” within the context of the Eel Regulation. The workshop is held online on 24 April 2024 and is open to government representatives (both ENVI & PECH) from Member States. as well as stakeholders.


2nd Mission Arena in Tallinn

Location: Tallinn, Estonia

Dates: 25 April 2024

2nd Mission Arena in Tallinn | #MissionArenaBANOS2


ICES Advice Drafting Group Baltic Sea

Location: Online

Dates: 13 - 16 May 2024

Meeting name ADGBS 2024
Group name Baltic Sea Advice Drafting Group
Meeting Chairs Scott Large -
Venue Online meeting
Meeting start 13/5/2024
Meeting end 16/5/2024
Group website -