March 4, 2021

Support WFMD in their call for free flowing rivers – sign the petition

This past summer, the World Fish Migration Foundation  along with its partners published the Living Planet Index report for Migratory Freshwater Fish. The findings were dramatic. Since 1970, migratory fish populations have declined by 76 % globally (for Europe, there is a 93 % decline). There is a specific section on eel, describing its complex … Continued

February 25, 2021

One third of freshwater fish populations at risk of extinction

Rivers, lakes and wetlands are among the most biodiverse places on earth. They cover less than 1 per cent of the planet’s total surface, yet they’re home to almost a quarter of all vertebrate species – including over half of all the world’s fish species. It’s an extraordinary fact: of 35,768 known species of fish, … Continued

February 19, 2021

Press release: Rescue plan for Baltic cod shall be based on the latest research

FishSec (Fisheries Secretariat) is starting a two-year project to aid the recovery of the collapsed cod stock in the Baltic Sea. As part of the Return of the Cod project, which is part-funded by the Postcode Foundation, FishSec will develop proposals for a rescue plan for Baltic cod, as well as analyze the potential socio-economic … Continued

January 21, 2021

UK signs agreement with ICES

Before Christmas the UK government signed a MoU with ICES that will ensure continued scientific collaboration also after the departure from the EU. ICES will continue to provide scientific advice to the government on fishing opportunities, including information on the state of marine ecosystems and the impact of human activities. The International Council of the … Continued

December 21, 2020

Roll-over of three month fishing closures for eel

At the Fisheries Council last week, many big issues competed for attention and not much was heard about the Critically Endangered European eel. The Council did, however, agree on a roll-over of the current provisions for a three-month closure of all eel fisheries. Since December 2017, there has been a provision within the annual TAC … Continued

December 21, 2020

Fisheries ministers continue overfishing in breach of EU law

EU Common Fisheries Policy obligates member states to achieve maximum sustainable yield “by 2020 at the latest”. Still, December 17, EU fisheries ministers decided to set around one third of the Atlantic fishing quotas for 2021 managed exclusively by the EU above the sustainable limits advised by scientists. And the Mediterranean will remain the most … Continued

December 16, 2020

EU commission Brexit contingency plan on fisheries approved by Council

All EU fishing vessels have equal access to Union waters as long as they follow the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). From 1 January 2021 the CFP will no longer apply to the United Kingdom and UK waters, territorial sea and adjacent exclusive economic zone, will no longer be part of the Union waters. The European … Continued

December 16, 2020

WTO fails to agree an end to harmful fisheries subsidies

World Trade Organization (WTO) members failed to meet the United Nations’ 2020 deadline for reaching an agreement to end harmful fisheries subsidies, when they met in Geneva 14 December. Still countries made significant progress during the negotiations – paving the way for a deal in 2021. After more than two decades of negotiations, the WTO … Continued

December 11, 2020

Deep sea biodiversity under threat from mining lobby

A handful of mining corporations exert a heavy influence over the international negotiations determining the future of the seabed, lobbying governments to urgently finalise rules that would allow for full-scale mining of the deep ocean to begin, according to a new report from Greenpeace. Scientists warn that deep seabed mining will cause biodiversity loss. Both … Continued

November 28, 2020

Respecting ecological limits increases monetary output and biodiversity

On 21-22 November Östersjöfiske 2020, a two-day conference on industrial fisheries in the Baltic Sea, took place in Simrishamn county in the south of Sweden. This was the 6th annual Östersjöfiske gathering. Although starting from a national outlook the conference explored several angles of fisheries of importance for the whole Baltic sea area. A recurring … Continued