April 23, 2020

Plans for international Action Plan for European eel agreed

In February, the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CSM COP13) agreed that an international Action Plan for European eel is needed and should be developed before the next Conference.

April 23, 2020

Baltic Sea Advisory Council calls for the creation of a taskforce to work on the recovery of the collapsed eastern Baltic cod

The Baltic Sea Advisory Council (BSAC), a publicly funded body providing advice on fisheries to the European Commission, has made a statement concerning the need for responsible fisheries management and the negative situation for eastern Baltic cod. The cod fishery has been closed since July 2019 and due to slow population recovery will likely remain so for several years to come.

April 17, 2020

European Council approves position for financial assistance in response to COVID-19

On 14 April the Council approved a series of proposals amending the EMFF subsidy package, allowing for increased financial assistance for EU fishermen.

April 4, 2020

BALTFISH proposes subsidy package in response to COVID-19

Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic BALTFISH has developed a common set of proposals that will increase the funds available to the fisheries and aquaculture sector. These measures are in addition to and compliment the European Commission proposals making further EU support available to the industry from 2 April.

March 10, 2020

FishSec receives funding for work on European eel

The Waterloo Foundation has awarded the Fisheries Secretariat two years of funding for advocacy work in order to strengthen the management and conservation of European eel, and ultimately aid its recovery.

March 3, 2020

Help us improve European fisheries policy

The Fisheries Secretariat, FishSec, is recruiting an Acting Director to lead our secretariat of 2–3 staff. The position is a fulltime temporary post during 2020, based in our office in Gamla stan (Old Town) Stockholm.

December 18, 2019

Atlantic and North Sea Fishing Opportunities 2020 – Council agreement

Council agreement and other related statements and commentary. The press release and table of the Council agreement on fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea are on the EU Council website. The Council has also agreed to a 10% reduction of fishing effort for demersal species in the Mediterranean Sea. Quotas for sprat and … Continued

November 25, 2019

It’s there for a reason: Why Ministers must not exceed scientific advice on fishing quota

In a briefing by Griffin Carpenter of the New Economics Foundation the reasons and benefits for Ministers not exceeding scientific advice are laid out and provide a timely reminder ahead of the December Council meeting at which quotas for the Northeast Atlantic and North Sea will be set.

November 20, 2019

Meeting between NGOs and Finnish EU Presidency officials re December Council

The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation and the Fisheries Secretariat invited the European campaign directors of The Pew Trusts (Mr Andrew Clayton) and Oceana (Mr Javier Lopez) to come to Helsinki to meet with Mr Risto Lampinen the Director of Fisheries and with Mr Teppo Säkkinen special advisor to Minister Leppä to discuss their concerns about overfishing in the North East Atlantic and North Sea and the total fish catch levels which are due to be decided in the EU Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels on 16-17 December 2019.

November 15, 2019

Sweden wants to tighten fisheries controls

The control of fishing should be improved and made more effective, according to the Swedish government. They have now instructed the Coast Guard and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SWAM) to investigate how.