September 12, 2019

New leadership at HELCOM

The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM) has appointed a new Executive Secretary. Rüdiger Strempel, an international lawyer by training, assumed the position on 1 August 2019.

September 5, 2019

Fisheries technical measures: An important tool to reach good environmental status

The objective in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) from 2008 is to reach Good Environmental Status (GES) by 2020 at the latest. Technical measures are a broad set of rules which govern how, where and when fishermen may fish, to ensure “the conservation of fisheries resources and the protection of marine ecosystems”. The recently … Continued

September 4, 2019

Support and criticism for EU Commission proposal for Baltic Sea fishing in 2020

Helsinki, 4 Sept 2019 – At a press conference today environmental NGOs The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, Coalition Clean Baltic and the Fisheries Secretariat welcomed the fact that the European Commission proposal for fishing opportunities for 2020 in the Baltic Sea follows scientific advice for the majority of the Baltic Sea fish stocks. However, … Continued

August 30, 2019

EU Commission proposal for Baltic Fishing Opportunities 2020 published

The EU Commission has adopted a proposal for fishing opportunities for 2020 for the Baltic Sea. The Commission press release with link to the proposal can be found here:   NGOs recommendations on Baltic fishing opportunities for 2020 are available here:   Response to Commission proposal by NGOs: Seas At Risk, Our Fish … Continued

August 23, 2019

NGOs call on EU: Lead the fight against illegal fishing in regional management

In a recent report NGOs have called on the EU to lead efforts against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in international waters managed by regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs). By promoting best practice measures the EU can lead efforts to successfully implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially target 14.4 to “effectively regulate … Continued

August 19, 2019

Op-ed: Finland can lead the EU in ending overfishing

In July, Finland assumed two important roles that could have a significant impact on the Baltic Sea, EU fish stocks and the health of the ocean globally.

August 19, 2019

Iberian sardine, a tale of poor management

In a letter to the European Commission, Spanish and Portuguese governments twelve environmental organisations have detailed the mismanagement of the Iberian sardine stock (Sardina pilchardus).

August 15, 2019

NGOs call on the European Commission to take legal action over huge number of whale and dolphin deaths

Environmental NGOs have jointly called on the European Commission to take legal action against 15 EU governments for failing in their legal duty to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises in the North East Atlantic from capture in fishing nets (bycatch).

August 14, 2019

EU Commission steps in to protect Baltic cod

On 22 July 2019 the European Commission approved emergency measures to protect eastern Baltic cod. This is detailed in Implementing Regulation 2019/1248 “establishing measures to alleviate a serious threat to the conservation of the eastern Baltic cod (Gadus morhua) stock”.

July 10, 2019 to blow whistle on unethical or illegal fishing practices

A new website launched today,, aims to provide a confidential, anonymous and secure way for people working in the fishing industry, public authorities or other areas to report what they believe are improper, unethical or illegal fishing practices.