September 6, 2016

Quotas, Closures, and Technical Measures tabled at BALTFISH

Baltic quotas for 2017, closures for the Baltic cod fisheries, and EU technical measures filled the agenda during the first BALTFISH forum under the German Presidency.

August 24, 2016

Baltic Sea Advisory Council discusses Technical Measures, but to what effect?

At the working group meeting of the Baltic Sea Advisory Council (BSAC) in Copenhagen on 16 August, the Commission proposal, published in early March, on the Technical Measures Framework (TMF) was discussed for the first time by the Advisory Council.

August 1, 2016

Baltic Sea Advisory Council advice for 2017 quotas published

In a first, the Baltic Sea Advisory Council (BSAC) Executive Committee took the drafted advice for 2017 fishing opportunities and rewrote it after issues with the initial draft from the working group. Following many hours of discussion and negotiation, the working relationships of most members have improved through the development of this document. There seems to be a better understanding and appreciation of views in BSAC, despite disagreements, which can only be a positive development.

July 27, 2016

Low Impact Fishers of Europe hires top Polish civil servant

Marcin Rucinski, who has spent more than a decade focused on fisheries issues within the Polish administration, is the new Baltic and North Sea coordinator for Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE).

June 21, 2016

Analysis of the Baltic multiannual plan

The Baltic multiannual plan (Baltic MAP, or the Plan) is expected to be passed into legislation on 23 June 2016, after being rubber stamped at the European Parliament plenary. This is the final legislative step to be concluded under co-decision. It will likely enter into force by September 2016.

June 20, 2016

A moment of truth for the Common Fisheries Policy

A moment of truth for the Common Fisheries Policy

June 1, 2016

ICES releases 2017 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 27, 2016

Transparency International propose improvements to secretive quota setting

In response to the lack of publically available information and scientific advice to support Council decisions relating to EU fishing quotas, Transparency International (TI) has made a series of proposals to help end overfishing.

May 27, 2016

Ray Hilborn wins the International Fisheries Science prize at World Fisheries Congress

At the 7th World Fisheries Congress, hosted in Busan, South Korea, Ray Hilborn, a professor at the University of Washington focused on fisheries management was awarded the International Fisheries Science prize.

May 17, 2016

2017 Baltic quota process moves forward

The Fisheries Secretariat attended the ICES Baltic Sea Advice Drafting Group last week, at their headquarters in Copenhagen. This is a key step in the process by which scientific recommendations are made for fishing opportunities next year. This advice will be published and the Commission will subsequently produce their own proposals to Council who then decide the quotas in October.