News

June 18, 2019

Over 10 million Eastern Baltic cod illegally discarded last year

According to data collected by the ICES Baltic Fisheries Assessment Working Group over 10 million Eastern Baltic cod were thrown away last year. The EU landing obligation has however made it illegal to discard Baltic cod since 2015.


June 12, 2019

A ship full of ocean knowledge at Danish Democratic Festival

Folkemødet, Denmark’s Democratic Festival in Allinge, Bornholm, takes place on June 13-16, 2019. This year environmental and fisheries NGOs will bring the schooner Freia, a ship full of knowledge, to the event. Everyone is welcome on board to participate in seminars and events to learn more about our oceans, the fisheries that depend upon them and what is needed to manage them sustainably.


June 10, 2019

Joint NGO recommendations on Baltic Sea fishing opportunities for 2020

In October 2019, EU fisheries ministers will agree on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2020. This will be the final Council meeting where fisheries ministers have the opportunity to end overfishing of Baltic Sea species by 2020, as is legally required by the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).


May 29, 2019

ICES advice for Baltic Sea quotas in 2020 – zero catch of eastern cod and western herring

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) have today announced their recommendation for the EU to stop all fishing on Eastern Baltic cod and Western spring spawning herring.


May 21, 2019

New members of European parliament urged to take lead on saving our oceans

The environmental organisations BirdLife, ClientEarth, The Fisheries Secretariat, Oceana, Seas At Risk, and WWF is calling on the newly elected members of the European parliament to take “committed and ambitious leadership to save our ocean”.


May 16, 2019

Update on Eastern Baltic Cod

Below we provide a list of recent documents concerning Eastern Baltic Cod (EBC), with the date of publication or corresponding meeting for each document. We think it will aid clarity and discussion to put these documents in one place online. We hope that if all stakeholders see the same documents they may more easily share a common understanding and take joint initiatives to save what can be saved of Eastern Baltic Cod.


May 14, 2019

Ombudsman investigates EU Council’s lack of transparency around fishing quotas

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly today presented a new inquiry into the lack of transparency about the basis for national ministers’ annual decisions on fishing quotas. “The famous all night meetings of ministers in Brussels are completely behind closed doors and yet make important decisions for the sustainability of fishing stocks and of jobs in fishing communities around Europe,” said Ms O’Reilly, in a press release.


April 26, 2019

Danish Fishers open lobby office in Brussels

The Danish Fishermen Producer Organisation (DFPO) has “strengthened its presence on the international scene and runs now an office in the heart of Brussels”.


April 17, 2019

Code of conduct to address conflicts of interest in ICES

Science and scientists are given an increasing role in the development and implementation of European fisheries and environmental policy. As such, the International Council on the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) has an agreement with the European Commission to provide scientific advice.


April 16, 2019

TV Documentary: The cod – hope of the Baltic Sea

A new Swedish TV-documentary airing on Tuesday 16 April paints a depressing picture of the Eastern Baltic Cod stock. However, ‘The cod – hope of the Sea’, Torsken – havets hopp, also provides a glimmer of hope for the iconic species and the Baltic Sea ecosystem.