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

December 8, 2022

NGOs call on Macron to protect more sea ahead of COP 15

Three days before the opening of COP15, the 15th meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, several NGOs published an open letter in the french paper Le Monde calling on president Emmanuel Macron to send a message to the world that France is serious when it comes to protecting its marine areas. In the … Continued

November 3, 2022

Time to stop fishing and start restoring habitats – zero catches and zero anthropogenic mortality advised for European eel

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, ICES, published its scientific advice for European eel for 2023 earlier today. It reinforces last year’s advice, of zero catches in all habitats and for all life stages, by also highlighting conservation aspects and advising zero mortality for all non-fisheries related human impacts. The European eel … Continued

November 2, 2022

Commission tables new measures for eel recovery

Commissioner Sinkevičius has been clear that status quo is not an option for the critically endangered European eel. The new proposals reinforces existing measures rather than going for a full closure in line with scientific advice. To have any significant effect, Member States must reciprocate for eel fisheries in inland waters, as well as step … Continued

November 1, 2022

Registration now open for Swedish webinar on Baltic cod

On the 9th of December at 13.00-15.45 CET The Fisheries Secretariat will be arranging the webinar “Östersjötorsken – status och framtid” (held in Swedish) in collaboration with Länsstyrelsen Skåne and Marint centrum Simrishamn.  The aim of the webinar is to disseminate current scientific knowledge about the status of cod in the Baltic Sea and of … Continued