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March 31, 2021

Create Vjosa National Park Now!

In March, NGOs, citizens and activists stepped up efforts to secure protection of one of Europe’s last free-flowing rivers – the Vjosa in Albania. By releasing first a documentary and then a series of photos taken in front of national monuments, such as the Eifeltower, they are calling for European political support.


March 31, 2021

FitHydro – exploring more fish-friendly hydropower

More environmentally friendly hydropower plants are not just about fish, but also about sediments and ultimately about habitats, participants learnt at an international conference about fish-friendly hydropower on 17-18 March. The future should be about a more flexible and dynmic approach, but also about decommissioning.


March 28, 2021

Danish fishers and conservationists jointly propose marine reserves

After months of negotiations, the Danish Society for Nature Conservation, DN, and the Danish Fishermen Producer Organisation, DFPO, present a historical proposal for ensuring a significant protection of the Danish sea. The proposal will ensure 10 percent untouched sea – no take Marine Protected Areas – in the North Sea, the Skagerrak, and the Baltic … Continued


March 25, 2021

Bottom trawling releases as much carbon dioxide as air traffic

Demersal trawling cause as much carbon dioxide emissions as air traffic, according to a new study. When the trawls are dragged along the sea floor large amounts of carbon is released, which increases global warming and makes the sea more acidic. In addition, bottom trawling threatens both ocean productivity and biodiversity. Bottom trawling is a … Continued


March 22, 2021

How fisheries management can help reach climate and biodiversity targets

A four day online symposium explores how fisheries management can help reach climate and biodiversity targets. Starting today Our Fish is organising Delivering on Climate & Biodiversity Targets Through Better Fisheries Management, a four-day virtual symposium exploring how ending overfishing is critical for realising the EU’s response to the biodiversity and climate emergency. The event … Continued


March 19, 2021

More fish in Swedish lakes, marine populations in decline

Catches of marine fish species such as herring, saithe and nephrops should be reduced, and cod in the Kattegat and the eastern Baltic Sea should not be fished at all. But several freshwater fish species are increasing in numbers, according to a report from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU. ”In Lake Vättern, the stocks … Continued


March 18, 2021

Danish fisheries receive 123 million euros from EU fisheries fund

In a broad political agreement, the Danish parliament have agreed to distribute DKK 917 million (123 million EUR) to Danish fisheries to support the implementation of the Marine, Fisheries and Aquaculture Program 2021-2023. The package includes DKK 138,3 million to make the fisheries industry more environmentally friendly, e.g. develop electric fishing vessels and land based … Continued


March 11, 2021

EP fisheries control vote: Two steps forward, one giant step back

European Parliament votes for modern and transparent fisheries, but opens grave loophole. The EU Fisheries Control Coalition, where FishSec is a member, applauds the positive steps taken by the European Parliament towards more transparent fisheries and traceable seafood. With their vote in plenary this week, EU parliamentarians have called for all fishing vessels to report … Continued


March 11, 2021

ICES Workshop considers possibilities to improve eel advice

In early February, ICES conducted an online workshop on the Future of Eel Advice, looking at possibilities to improve the current advice on European eel. The 27 participants discussed different options and the feasibility of achieving them. A road map outlining the identified steps will be discussed further within ICES.


March 4, 2021

This year’s first glass eels arrive in the Netherlands

On 15 February, the glass eel monitoring project coordinated by RAVON began this year’s field work. A total of 240 volunteers are sampling glass eels at 45 locations for two evenings a week from 15 February to 30 June. On the second monitoring day, the first glass eel was captured at Den Helder. RAVON publishes … Continued