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June 4, 2024

Mediterranean long-term management measures for European eel discussed this week

Since 2018, the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) has been at the forefront of European eel management. However, the current GFCM measures adopted in 2023 are still far from aligned with the scientific advice and are unlikely to secure eel recovery. The long-term management measures that the GFCM is set to adopt in … Continued


June 3, 2024

NGOs call on decision makers to do right by the Baltic Sea ecosystem – new scientific advice shows that Baltic fish stocks are still under stress

On Friday, the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) published its scientific advice on how much fish can be caught in the Baltic Sea next year. The numbers show that the Baltic Sea ecosystem and fish stocks remain in severe distress and that even the cuts in catches that have been made … Continued


April 26, 2024

Now recruiting: Fisheries Policy Officer

FishSec is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection and restoration of marine ecosystem services, with a focus on fisheries in the Baltic Sea region and the European Union. Our long-term goal is well managed seas with rich biodiversity and thriving fish stocks to secure healthy and local seafood to consumers and a sustainable fishing … Continued


April 26, 2024

Now recruiting: Executive Secretary

FishSec is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection and restoration of marine ecosystem services, with a focus on fisheries in the Baltic Sea region and the European Union. Our long-term goal is well managed seas with rich biodiversity and thriving fish stocks to secure healthy and local seafood to consumers and a sustainable fishing … Continued


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