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January 31, 2019

Discardless: The closing science-policy conference

Fishsec has been attending the closing science-policy conference of the Discardless project, 30-31 January at DTU Aqua. Titled: Landing Obligation 2019: What have we learned, what are the next steps? The conference has been featuring many very interesting short presentations summerising the findings of a wide range of the work conducted within the project. There was … Continued


January 24, 2019

EU Commission issues formal notice to Denmark re fisheries control

In its monthly package of infringement decisions the European Commission today issued a letter of formal notice to Denmark concerning its compliance with several important provisions of the EU fisheries control rules http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-19-462_en.htm EU Commission fact sheet January infringements package: key decisions Brussels, 24 January 2019 Overview by policy area In its monthly package of … Continued


January 24, 2019

Translation: Danish Public Accounts Committee Report on Support to the fisheries sector from the EMFF

In October 2018 Rigrevisionen – the Danish Public Accounts Committee – published a report concerning the  management of support from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to the Danish Fisheries sector in the period 2014-2017. The report contains very strong criticism of the management of this EMFF funding by Danish authorities and gives many clear … Continued


January 15, 2019

20 measures for 2020

In a letter to Environment Ministers concerning the lagging implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, NGOs have highlighted 20 measures that can help to achieve the obligations the EU has committed to.


November 23, 2018

Report: The EU is not addressing fishing overcapacity as it should under the CFP

A new report from the Fisheries Secretariat shows that EU rules regarding fishing capacity are not being followed in the Baltic region. Member States have fudged their figures, obscuring which fleet segments and vessels fish on which stocks and the European Commission has not revised its guidelines in order to ensure clarity, as recommended by its own advisory committee.


November 19, 2018

No more sand dredging in The Sound

On Friday 16 November 2018, the Minister for Environment presented the Danish Parliament with details of a new Executive Order on the exploration and recovery of raw materials from the Sound, within the Danish part of the Baltic Sea. A majority in the Parliament consisting of SF, Enhedslisten, De Radikale and De Konservative are in favor of the proposal.


November 8, 2018

Scientific advice: keep impacts on eel at, or close to, zero

The International Council for Exploration of the Seas (ICES) released its latest advice on European eel on 7 November. Its advice remains consistent: “ICES advises that when the precautionary approach is applied for European eel, all anthropogenic impacts (e.g. caused by recreational and commercial fishing on all stages, hydropower, pumping stations, and pollution) that decrease production and escapement of silver eels should be reduced to – or kept as close to – zero as possible in 2019. ”


November 5, 2018

Kattegat cod – a small catastrophe

The ICES advice for cod in the Kattegat and their Baltic Fisheries Assessment Working Group report[1] have some sensational details. It is a telling example of the state the environment in European seas and EU fisheries policy.


October 8, 2018

Research points toward solution for skinny cod

During the summer the first of three trials conducted by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and local fishermen from southern Sweden was concluded. The aim of the project is to improve the profitability of coastal fishing on wild cod. At present, the condition of Eastern Baltic cod is poor for a number of reasons including their small and skinny size which makes them unsuitable for the market.


October 2, 2018

HELCOM – Looking beyond the 2020 goal

During the summer, the new Finnish presidency of HELCOM publicised its priorities for the coming two years. This covers the target year 2020 for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).