Past Events

Upcoming events

ICES Baltic Fisheries Assessment Working Group

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Dates: 16 April - 23 February 2024

Meeting name WGBFAS 2024
Group name Baltic Fisheries Assessment Working Group
Meeting Chairs Kristiina Hommik -
Venue ICES HQ, Copenhagen, Denmark
Meeting start 16/4/2024
Meeting end 23/4/2024


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.


FishSec Webinar on “An introduction to Forage Fish in the Baltic Sea”

Location: Online

Dates: 15 March 2024

On the 15th of March FishSec will host a webinar which will provide an introduction to forage fish in the Baltic Sea, as part of our project Small Fish - Big Impact. In the webinar we will give an introduction to Baltic forage fish biology and ecosystem role, we will introduce our new project on forage fish and we will discuss the recent decision to halt sand eel fishing in the UK part of the North Sea with experts from Great Britain. Time: 13:00 -14:00 CET


Seminar by Havsmiljöinstitutet and Södertörns högskola

Location: Södertörns högskola, Huddinge and Zoom, Sweden

Dates: 13 March 2024

On 13 March 2024 the open seminar "Vad hände med Havet och människan?" will be held by Havsmiljöinstitutet and Södertörns högskola.
HelHeld IRL and on Zoom
Time: 13:00 - 16:00
Participants include:Medverkande
  • Emma Nohrén, ordförande Miljömålsberedningen och ansvarig för utredningen Havet och människan, riksdagsledamot (MP)
  • Isabella Lövin, f.d. klimat- och miljöminister (MP)
  • Jacob Granit, f.d. generaldirektör för HaV, nu SIDA
  • Gustaf Almqvist, projektledare för pilotprojekt ekosystembaserad havsförvaltning, Stockholms skärgård, Länsstyrelsen Stockholms län.
  • Andres Duit, professor i statsvetenskap, Stockholms universitet



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.


BSAC Ecosystem Based Management Working Group

Location: Online

Dates: 08 March 2024


NSAC/EAPO Symposium on Innovative Fishing

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Dates: 07 March 2024

On 7 March 2024, the NSAC together with the European Association of Producer Organisations (EAPO) is organising a symposium on innovative fishing in the EU, addressing the regulatory, technical and scientific barriers to innovation. Time: 10:00 – 15:30 CET Location: Sofitel Brussels Europe


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.


HELCOM Baltic Stakeholder Conference and PROTECT BALTIC

Location: Espoo, Finland

Dates: 29 February 2024

HELCOM Baltic Stakeholder Conference and PROTECT BALTIC


BSAC Demersal Working Group

Location: Onine

Dates: 27 February 2024