April 2, 2024

Recording of webinar “An introduction to Forage Fish in the Baltic Sea” now live

On the 15th of March we hosted a webinar introducing our new “Small Fish, Big Impact” project, the recording of the webinar has been added to our Youtube channel and can be viewed here. During the webinar policy officer Sara Söderström gave an introduction to the new project and Lina Birgersson the project manager and … Continued

March 1, 2024

Join our webinar on “An introduction to Forage Fish in the Baltic Sea”

On the 15th of March (13:00 -14:00 CET), FishSec will host a webinar which will provide an introduction to Baltic Sea forage fish/, this is part of our Small Fish – Big Impact project and the first webinar in a series that we will host in the run up to the launch on our report on Baltic Sea … Continued

February 8, 2024

Side event at GFCM Fish Forum 2024

Saving the European Eel – best practices   In 2024, the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) is set to agree on long-term management measures for the critically endangered European eel in the region. Our two organizations, MedReAct and FishSec, are committed to the recovery of the European eel population in the Mediterranean and … Continued

December 13, 2023

Major concerns raised as Netherlands acknowledges lack of control in fisheries sector

In a startling revelation, the Netherlands has publicly acknowledged the likelihood of unchecked fish illegally entering the EU market. The disclosure unfolded as the Hague Administrative Court issued a ruling on the matter. Environmental law organization ClientEarth and the Low Impact Fisheries of Europe (LIFE) took legal action against the Dutch authorities, asserting that lax … Continued

December 12, 2023

Outcome December council fisheries negotiations

Brussels, 12 December 2023 – Following extensive negotiations, EU fisheries ministers have successfully reached an agreement on fishing opportunities (quotas) for 2024 in the Atlantic, the North Sea, and Skagerrak/Kattegat. While the ministers adhered to scientific advice for sustainable limits concerning most commercially important fish stocks, they once again opted to set limits for certain … Continued

December 12, 2023

Press Release: Fisheries Ministers watered down eel measures again

Fisheries Council deal: eel fishing closures in EU waters remain but are watered down again, allowing continued fishing for much of the peak migration period for glass eel and possible concessions in the Baltic region. The ban on recreational fisheries in marine waters remain. The decision is taken against stark and clear scientific advice calling … Continued

November 16, 2023

Gulf of Riga herring – the only healthy Baltic herring stock

Photo by Payllik Out of four herring stocks in the Baltic Sea three are in great distress, whereas the Riga herring is doing fine and has been stable or even increased over the last two decades. The reasons for this were discussed at a recent Baltic Breakfast hosted by the Baltic Sea Centre, Stockholm university. … Continued

November 10, 2023

Disappointing new measures on glass eel in the Mediterranean

This week, the management of European Eel has been discussed at the 46th Annual Session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM). The Mediterranean has been forging ahead on eel management in recent years, leading the way compared to the rest of the EU. But the new Recommendation adopted today is somewhat disappointing. … Continued

November 8, 2023

Small Fish – Big Impact, new FishSec project highlights the importance of forage fish

Stockholm, 8 November, 2023: FishSec is happy to announce that our new project Small Fish – Big Impact has started. This project, generously funded by the Swedish Postcode Lottery, will focus on the small but important fish known as forage fish, the importance of these species in the Baltic Sea and the need to manage these … Continued

November 1, 2023

ICES repeats zero catch advice for eel

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, ICES, published its scientific advice for European eel for 2024 today. It is echoing last year’s advice: zero catches in all habitats and for all life stages and zero mortality for all non-fisheries related human impacts. European eel is not recovering and yet most EU countries … Continued