June 18, 2021

Mixed box in ICES advice on Baltic fishing opportunities for 2022

The International Council of the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has released the advice for fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for next year. There is no sign of recovery for depleted populations, such as eastern Baltic cod and western spring spawning herring. Yet again, zero catch is advised for both stocks.. A substantial decline in central Baltic herring has resulted in advice to cut the quota. Some stocks are doing better, including the reassessed herring populations in the Bothnian Sea, herring in the Gulf of Riga, sprat and most flatfish populations.

June 16, 2021

Report: Fisheries closures fail to protect critically endangered eel

The European eel has been in decline for decades and is on the IUCN Red list as Critically Endangered. Despite this, a wide-spread commercial and recreational fishery is allowed to continue in the EU. In 2017, a Joint Declaration to aid its recovery was adopted, including national three-month fishing closures to protect eel migration. Our report shows that many Member States are more likely to protect their fishing sector than the eels.

June 11, 2021

EU council approves EU-UK agreement on fishing opportunities

Today the EU Council approved the agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom on fishing opportunities for 2021 and, for deep-sea stocks, for 2021 and 2022. This agreement is the result of several rounds of consultations between the EU and the UK over the last five months. Amongst other provisions, it sets out … Continued

June 1, 2021

Great visual tool for eel shown at final SUDOANG event

Over the last couple of days, the final event of the SUDOANG project was held online. The project set out to investigate why the European eel is not recovering, despite the agreed EU regulation (1100/2007) having been implemented for more than 10 years, and what improvements are needed to help save the eel. It has … Continued

May 31, 2021

“The Herring stock in the Baltic Proper is being fished too hard”

Researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU, suggest that “restrictions on fishing close to the coast could be a good measure”, to protect local spawning stocks of herring. They also warn that “If we want fish stocks to have a healthy size structure, both management and research need to focus on developing and … Continued

May 31, 2021

FishSec receives funding for eel project initiation in the Baltic region

Together with Estonian Fund for Nature, WWF Latvia and Lithuanian Fund for Nature, FishSec has received funding from the Swedish Institute for regional work on European eel recovery (BALTEELRECO). The project will start in September and will focus on analysing the national Eel Management Plans and restocking practises in the four countries.

May 28, 2021

River Vjosa designated Nature Park after Albanian election

The national and international campaigning for protection of the River Vjosa – one of Europe’s last big free-flowing rivers – put environmental issues on the agenda in the lead up to the parliamentary elections in Albania on 25 April. Prime Minister Edi Rama was re-elected for a third term in office. A partial victory has … Continued

May 28, 2021

Press release: EU Must Respond to Baltic Sea Ecosystem and Fisheries Crash With Urgent, Radical Measures

Brussels/Baltic Sea. Responding to today’s publication of annual scientific advice for 2022 EU fishing limits for the Baltic Sea by ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) [1], a group of non-governmental organisations is demanding that the European Commission follow the scientific advice and calls for an immediate transition to ecosystem-based, climate-smart, low-impact … Continued

May 12, 2021

Good progress in GFCM research programme on eel

The new GFCM research programme on European eel has already provided some tangible results since the launch in June last year. After the meeting in late April, an update will be provided at the SAC in late June.

May 5, 2021

Legal toolkit for river protection can help save the eel

A legal toolkit for river protection was presented at a webinar on 29 April. It was produced by Lawyers for Rivers Iniative to support civil society in the fight for Europe's last free-flowing rivers, and the biodiversity they support.