September 7, 2022

Widespread public support for further measures to protect eel – NGOs hand over petition to Commissioner Sinkevičius

Stockholm 7 September 2022; Today, a group of NGOs from the informal Eel Alliance is meeting with Commissioner Sinkevičius to hand over the Power to the Eel petition – a call for action to protect the critically endangered European eel. With over 40,000 signatures from across the EU, it shows that there is widespread public … Continued

August 25, 2022

NGOs welcome increased precaution in Commission’s proposal for Baltic Sea fishing opportunities in 2023

  Brussels 25 August 2022, On the 23rd of August the European Commission released its proposal for Baltic Sea fishing opportunities for 2023. Over and all, the Commission applied a precautionary stance when setting the recommendations for Total Allowable Catches (TACs) for next year which is to be commended. Many fish populations in the Baltic … Continued

July 15, 2022

Help us to #SaveBalticCod

Today we launch a new initiative to #SaveBalticCod, together with our project partners in the Return of the Cod project we call on organisations and individuals around the Baltic Sea to join us in asking EU policy makers to take protective action for cod when they decide on next years’ the fishing limits for the … Continued

June 25, 2022

Cod on Bornholm – Photo Blog

Folkemødet (“The People’s Meeting”) is a four-day Danish festival organised on the beautiful island Bornholm in the middle of the Baltic Sea where politicians and parties can engage in open debate with interested citizens. It has been organized annually since 2011 in the small town of Allinge on the Northern tip of  Bornholm. Folkemødet was … Continued

June 17, 2022

Joint NGO recommendations on Baltic Sea fishing opportunities 2023

FishSec together with a large number of Baltic wide NGOs have launched a joint position on the fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for the year 2023, following the release of the ICES advice in late May. The position calls for better advice on ecosystem-based management options, as well as the inclusion of multi-species interactions, … Continued

June 3, 2022

The future is here!

Examples of digital monitoring in fisheries that are in use today On the 31st of May The Fisheries Secretariat hosted a webinar on Advances in Digital monitoring in fisheries. The objective of this event was to showcase projects that are in use today and have the potential to be a game changer in improving the … Continued

June 1, 2022

No improvement for collapsed stocks – time for a reboot in the Baltic Sea

Brussels, 1 June 2022: Responding to yesterday’s publication of annual scientific advice for 2023 fishing limits in the Baltic Sea by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), a group of non-governmental organisations said that the Baltic Sea remains in a dire condition, despite tightening of fishing limits in recent years, and … Continued

May 31, 2022

Folkemødet: upcoming Democratic Festival on Bornholm

Denmark’s Democratic Festival Folkemødet will take place on June 16-19, 2022 in Allinge, on the island of Bornholm. Together with other environmental and fisheries NGOs, FishSec will be presenting on the schooner Freia (depicted above) where participants are welcome on board to learn more about our oceans, the fish in them as well as environmental … Continued

May 30, 2022

Scientific evaluation: No overall progress on EU eel recovery targets

Today, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, ICES, published the results of its evaluation of the national progress reports on implementation of their Eel Management Plans. It shows that attainment of the EU recovery objective for the critically endangered European eel is lower today than in 2012. Reported mortality has decreased in … Continued

May 23, 2022

What’s next in digital fisheries monitoring?

With the ever increasing technological advances in Electronic Monitoring, fisheries are now entering the world of advanced analytics and data-driven planning, things that would have seemed to come straight out of a science fiction novel just a few years ago are already operational now. To manage and monitor fisheries a good understanding of where fisheries … Continued