October 20, 2016

BALTFISH: Fisheries as part of integrated Baltic Sea marine management – what are the challenges & opportunities?

At the upcoming EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) meeting, The Fisheries Secretariat is organising a seminar to discuss BALTFISH, the regional management body established under the Flagship Project: “Regionalisation of fisheries management in the Baltic Sea” in 2010. This will be the first opportunity for a public discussion forum to meet and … Continued

October 11, 2016

2017 Baltic TACs decided

Cod overfishing will continue next year and the Baltic management plan is in tatters despite quota reductions of 56% for the western cod stock and 25% for the eastern. For sprat, the herring stocks, plaice and salmon, we welcome the decisions. They are all likely to all continue their upward trajectory and had their quotas set broadly in line with scientific advice.

October 6, 2016

Developing fisheries advice to implement the ecosystem approach

MareFrame is a project in which Ecosystem-based fisheries management solutions are to be co-developed through discussions between stakeholders, which are led by scientists. It aims to remove the barriers toward the implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries management. FishSec attended the latest meeting this week as a representative of the Baltic Sea Advisory Council.

September 30, 2016

Baltic Sea 2017 TACs – Briefing from the Fisheries Secretariat & Seas at Risk

In advance of the Fisheries Council meeting, 10-11 October, at which next year's fishing quotas for the Baltic Sea will be set, The Fisheries Secretariat and Seas at Risk have provided Ministers with a set of recommendations.

September 26, 2016

Environmental organisations suspend activities in Advisory Council

In response to the admission of “three fishing interest organisations” to the Other Interest Group of the South-West Waters Advisory Council (SWW AC), environmental NGOs wrote to the Commission to announce the suspension of their activities.

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.