Past Events

Upcoming events

Sillens dag – Swedish herring day event

Location: Simrishamn, Sweden

Dates: 16 September 2023

In Simrishamn, herring and herring fishing have been important for a long time. The event Sillens dag is therefore a beloved tradition and a celebration of the herring where all ages are welcome. This year Sillens dag will be held on Saturday September 16th. Activities include tasting traditional herring dishes, learning how to smoke herring the old-fashioned way, trying fishing nets, making historic fishing gear and much more.


31st BSSSC Annual Conference

Location: Szczecin, Poland

Dates: 12 - 13 September 2023

The 31st BSSSC Annual Conference will be held on September 12-13 in Szczecin, Poland. The Conference’s title this year is “Building a resilient Baltic Sea Region – 30 years of BSSSC as a driver for strong regional involvement.”


BALTFISH Forum meeting

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Dates: 05 September 2023

The next BALTFISH Forum meeting will take place on September 5, in Warsaw. The meeting agenda and additional information will be provided in mid-August. Participants are asked to sign up by August 15.


Informal ministerial meeting on EU fisheries

Location: Vigo, Spain

Dates: 17 - 18 July 2023

On 17 and 18 July 2023, EU fisheries ministers will meet in Vigo, Spain. The informal meeting on the 18th will be chaired by Luis Planas, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and will consist of sessions dedicated to the decarbonisation of the fisheries sector.


Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Location: Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Dates: 26 - 27 June 2023

The Agriculture and Fisheries Council, is held in Luxembourg 26-27 June 2023.


BALTFISH Forum meeting

Location: Klaipėda, Lithuania

Dates: 20 June 2023

The BALTFISH Forum meeting will take place on June 20, in Klaipėda.    


GFCM Twenty-fourth session of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Fisheries (SAC)

Location: Rome, Italy

Dates: 20 - 23 June 2023

The twenty-fourth session of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Fisheries (SAC) 20–23 June 2023 is held in person – FAO headquarters Rome, Italy.


Folkemødet, the Danish Democracy Festival on Bornholm

Location: Allinge, Bornholm, Denmark

Dates: 15 - 17 June 2023

Unformal meetings between decision makers and citizens Every year in June, the small town Allinge at the island of Bornholm turns into a large celebration of our democracy. With more than 2000 political events created by 650 different organizations the Democracy Festival of Denmark has become an important democratic event in Denmark with the purpose of creating unformal meetings and dialogue between decision makers and citizens. The Democracy Festival of Denmark is composed of various events covering a broad variety of topics – From Energy and Climate to Health, Education and International Politics. All events are created by societal stakeholders.


Consultation – Sustainable fishing in the EU: state of play and orientations for 2024

Location: Online

Dates: 14 June - 31 August 2023

The consultation aims to gather feedback from stakeholders on fishing opportunities for 2024. It is open for feedback between 14 June 2023 - 31 August 2023. All feedback received will be summarised by the European Commission and presented to the European Parliament and Council with the aim of feeding into the legislative debate. The report will assess:
  • progress in achieving sustainable fisheries
  • the state of fish stocks
  • the implementation of the landing obligation
  • the balance between fleet capacity and fishing opportunities.


GFCM expert group on European eel in the Mediterranean (EGEMed)

Location: Rome and hybrid, Italy

Dates: 08 - 09 June 2023

Information from the GFCM-Secretariat:


"Following the recommendation of the 45th GFCM to form a permanent GFCM Expert Group on European eel in the Mediterranean (EGEMed) covering several aspects related to the fisheries and management of European eel and considering the fact that the workplan of the GFCM called for meetings of both EGEMed and WGMEASURES-EEL, the WGMEASURES-EEL 2023 has been incorporated under one single meeting of the GFCM Expert Group on European eel in the Mediterranean (EGEMed)."



"According to the requests of the 45th GFCM and Recommendation GFCM/45/2022/1, the GFCM Expert Group on European eel in the Mediterranean in 2023 foresees a first day to discuss the next steps of the GFCM research programme on European eel and a second day to discuss relevant available information to further evaluate the possibility of implementing additional measures addressing glass eel, inter alia a total ban, catch limitations or determining key habitats, towards the possible implementation of new long-term measures in 2024, for the consideration of the 24th SAC in June 2023."

An annotated agenda will be circulated once registration is closed.

Participants are invited to submit a contribution, in line with the above-mentioned requirements and with the topics outlined in the provisional agenda, by sending an email to the GFCM Secretariat (


Participants: experts on European eel in the Mediterranean (partners of the research programme in particular), experts from the administrations of Mediterranean CPCs and relevant GFCM partners.

Location: The meeting will be held at FAO Headquarters in Rome in hybrid modality.

Registration: Interested participants are invited to register online through the GFCM website no later than Monday, 24 May 2023, ensuring to indicate the modality of attendance.

Financial support: Should you need financial support to attend the meeting, please let GFCM know no later than Monday, 8 May 2023 (the earlier the better).


For technical matters:

Ms Elisabetta Betulla MORELLO, GFCM Fishery Resources Officer



For administrative issues and any other matters:

GFCM Secretariat