October 2, 2017

New report highlights Danish and German failures in Baltic Sea fisheries management

A recent briefing highlights environmental failure and missed socio-economic opportunities by the Danish and German governments.

September 26, 2017

Advisory Council membership amended

The Commission have published an amendment to the delegated act on the Advisory Councils.

September 14, 2017

Eel no longer order of the day as Danish Presidency of Baltfish begins

Protecting endangered eel by prohibiting fishing as well as discussions on quotas, including cod, dominated the Baltfish agenda as the regional fisheries management body for the Baltic Sea began its eighth year of work in Copenhagen, with Denmark the final country to host the rotating annual Presidency.

August 29, 2017

Commission Baltic proposals: Roll over western cod quota but ban eel fishing

Ahead of the October Council, the European Commission has made it's proposal for the 2018 quotas in the Baltic Sea.

August 24, 2017

Return of M74 syndrome in Baltic salmon strengthens the case for spatial management of sprat

Over the past year there has been a significant increase in the M74 syndrome which has blighted salmon stocks in the Baltic Sea. This reproductive disorder is known to occur more often when sprat forms too large a part of the salmon diet.

June 27, 2017

Recommendations to implement EBFM in the Baltic Sea

FishSec has completed a set of recommendations for the implementation of ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) in the Baltic Sea region.

June 1, 2017

ICES releases 2018 Advice for Baltic Sea fish stocks

The Fisheries Secretariat provides below our summary after The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) released its scientific advice for Baltic Sea stocks yesterday, 31 May.

May 23, 2017

Danish failure in the Baltic Sea – fishermen and cod decline together

New financial figures released from the Danish cod fleet operating in the Baltic Sea in the first quarter of 2017 show the socioeconomic problems of overfishing a stock to heavily depleted levels of biomass. Despite a 12% rise in the price of cod this year, turnover has declined by 22%.

April 28, 2017

Risky business in governance

Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) has evolved from an idealistic concept to a driver for dynamic oceans governance. An iteration of EBM is also defined in the EU Common Fisheries Policy, yet implementation continues to stall. Roland Cormier at Helmholtz-Zentrum may have just the answer.

April 7, 2017

German Presidency of BALTFISH drawing to a close with discussions on discards

In what will likely be the final meeting under the German Presidency, the BALTFISH Forum and High Level Group are meeting in Berlin on 26-27 April.