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

May 10, 2022

NGO response to DG MARE consultation on how to implement the ICES advice on eel

The European eel needs a break. It used to be so common that it made up more than 50% of all freshwater biomass in many countries. That is almost impossible to imagine today. A joint response by 22 NGOs to DG MARE consultation providing recommendations on what we believe needs to be done to implement the … Continued

March 24, 2022

Press Release: New study presented on dramatic decline of cod in the Baltic Sea

Stockholm, March 24 2022; The Eastern Baltic cod population used to be one of the largest cod populations in the Atlantic. Today, decades of overexploitation paired with eutrophication and habitat degradation have led to a dramatic decline in the two main populations (Eastern and Western) of Baltic cod. But it is not too late for … Continued

March 16, 2022

Press release: NGOs urge EP to push for full implementation of the CFP

Brussels 16 March 2022: Ahead of the European Parliament’s public hearing on the implementation and future perspectives of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) tomorrow, NGOs are calling on EU institutions and Member States to better follow and enforce the rules of the policy, rather than considering any reform at this stage. Vera Coelho, Senior Director … Continued

March 9, 2022

Registration now open for the launch of our report on “The Decline of Cod in the Baltic Sea”

As part of our Return of the Cod project Fish Sec scientist and experts from the University of Gothenburg conducted an extensive study into all available information on Baltic cod. This detailed review of both academic studies and other literature,  provides an overview of the situation of cod in the Baltic Sea today and the … Continued

February 24, 2022

Record catch of ghost fishing gear on the Swedish West coast

Sotenäs, a municipality on the Swedish West coast, has been running a ghost fishing project since 2017 where they find and retrieve lost fishing gear. Lost fishing gear such as lobster tins in the sea leads to fish and shellfish finding their way into them and eventually dying, so-called ghost fishing. Last Friday, February 18, … Continued

December 15, 2021

Overfishing continues in EU waters

Yesterday, the Fisheries Council came to an agreement on fishing opportunities in 2022 for the North Sea, Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black seas. More than a third of stock will continue to be overfished in 2022. No agreement has been reached with the UK, so provisional quotas have been put in place for the first quarter of 2022. The European Commission still hopes that an agreement can be reach by 20 December at the latest.

December 14, 2021

Not a great deal for eel in 2022

After stark and clear scientific advice calling for zero catches of the critically endangered European eel in all habitats, the Fisheries Council agreed on a roll-over of the – so far poorly implemented – three-month eel fishing closures.

December 8, 2021

Proposal on eel not aligned with scientific advice

Instead of following the scientific advice, the Commission wants to strengthen the implementation of the three-month eel fishing closures and conduct a wide-ranging stakeholder consultation. Even this is likely to meet with resistance from Member States.