June 3, 2023

Scientific Advice states that Baltic Sea herring stocks are below safe levels. NGOs: “stop while there is still time”

On May 31st, the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) published its scientific advice. Adding to an already dire situation for cod, ICES now advises that drastic cuts in fishing for Baltic herring are also necessary. NGOs and small scale fishermen alike react with calls for urgent action to taken by decision … Continued

June 3, 2023

Challenging the MSY paradigm: the importance of a healthy size distribution.

On 25 April 2023, the Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment organised an event on the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) instrument in regard of a sustainable fish stock structure management. The conference was chaired by MEP Caroline Roose and MEP Isabel Carvalhais and took place in the European Parliament and online.   This is … Continued

April 25, 2023

New report: Empowering EU Fisheries Policy to Restore Marine Health, Tackle Climate Change and Create Jobs

On the 19th of April 2023 a new report from Our Fish and Vertigo Lab was launched: Empowering EU Fisheries Policy to Restore Marine Health, Tackle Climate Change and Create Jobs.The launch webinar, attended by FishSec, can be viewed here. The executive summary and full report can be found below.   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The European … Continued

February 13, 2023

SLU-study show negative trend of pike populations in the Baltic Sea

A study conducted by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU, with the main purpose to assess temporal trends in the coastal pike population in the Baltic Sea was published in January. The study shows a clear population decrease over time with data covering 8 different countries over a period of 15-20 years. Earlier studies … Continued

February 3, 2023

Denmark and EU to fund extensive studies on the impact of bottom trawls

How is the seabed affected when you use bottom-trawls and how different is the impact depending on what bottom dragging tool you choose? The Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries invests 16 million DKK in a new study focusing on the consequences of bottom-trawling and other questions in a study that will examine the … Continued

January 25, 2023

New report examines long-term effects of no-take zones in Swedish waters

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are increasingly established worldwide to protect and restore degraded ecosystems. However, the level of protection varies among MPAs and has been found to affect the outcome of the closure. In no-take zones (NTZs), no fishing or extraction of marine organisms is allowed. The EU Commission recently committed to protect 30% of … Continued

January 25, 2023

PECH hearing on the perfomance of the Baltic MAP

With the 2002 reform of the common fishery policy (CFP), multiannual management plans started to replace the year-to-year management of fish stocks in European Community waters. Social and economic factors play an important role in determining the success or the failure of these plans. A successful multiannual management plan is one that not only ensures … Continued

January 11, 2023

The Øresund Aquarium: “Ridiculous amount of juvenile cod this year”

Studies conducted by The Øresund Aquarium show that there is a record number of juvenile cod in Øresund, meanwhile the cod populations in Danish waters in general is close to collapse. Due to the massive decline in the Baltic Sea cod stocks, a total stop of targeted cod fishing was introduced in 2022 during its … Continued

December 23, 2022

Nordic flatfish project show limited potential in increased sector cooperation

In early December the Nordic Council of Ministers published the final work from The Flatfish Project, a project with the objective to study the Nordic flatfish value chains and the significance of Nordic supplies within the North-European flatfish value chains. The project was as well intended to facilitate networking and cooperation between stakeholders in the … Continued

December 13, 2022

All night fisheries negotiations yield poor results for most threatened fish in the EU

Press release from: Seas at Risk, The Fisheries Secretariat, Our Fish and Sciaena Annual EU Fisheries Ministers All-Nighter Again Fails to Protect Most Vulnerable Fish Stocks EU fisheries ministers fail to adequately protect critically endangered European eel and other vulnerable fish species during quota negotiations for 2023 Brussels, 13 December 2022: Today, after a marathon … Continued