Positions & Papers

Improving Eel Management in the Mediterranean – French

May 2, 2024

Improving Eel Management in the Mediterranean

May 2, 2024

Investigation of eel restocking practices in the Baltic Sea region – a BALTEEL-RECO report

February 15, 2024

This report is focused on restocking of European eel in four EU countries around the Baltic Sea: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden. The report was produced as part of the collaborative project Baltic Sea eel recovery from an ecosystem perspective (BALTEEL-RECO), which aims to promote a more coordinated approach to eel recovery in the Baltic Sea region.

NGO Letter on OSPAR QSR2023, EU Council-Presidency

October 18, 2023

The NE Atlantic is facing a crisis. The 23 NGOs which have jointly signed this letter strongly encourage the EU Council-Presidency to hasten efforts to implement an ecosystem approach to fisheries management to address the findings of the latest OSPAR QSR 2023.  

Joint NGO Letter to Commissioner Sinkevicius, Deep Sea VMEs

October 17, 2023

The listed NGOs jointly call on the European Commission to steer and secure the successful adoption of new closures of the deep seabed to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems in EU waters on an expedited basis, in line with the best scientific advice.

Joint NGO letter to French Ministers for fisheries and environment

September 26, 2023

This joint NGO letter to the French calls for the protection and restoration of the eel population in the Mediterranean.

Recommendations to the EU on the setting of fishing opportunities for 2024

September 15, 2023

The 19 NGO signatories of this document wish to present our recommendations on the setting of fishing opportunities for 2024, including for stocks managed by the European Union (EU) alone and stocks shared with third countries like the United Kingdom (UK) and Norway. Read the recommendations here.

Policy Brief on eel management in the Med

September 1, 2023

Europe’s eel population has declined dramatically since the 1960-1979 reference period and recruitment is now very low. The Mediterranean region has been moving ahead in recent years, adopting the most progressive eel management measures. However, additional conservation measures are still needed to support the recovery of this critically endangered species for the future of eels and fishers. In this joint Policy Brief by MedReAct and FishSec, we give an overview of the eel management framework and eel management in the Mediterranean as well as the need for further recovery measures.  

Joint NGO feedback to the European Commission on the “Sustainable fishing in the EU: state of play and orientations for 2024”

August 4, 2023

Joint response to the European Commission's public consultation on the progress towards achieving more sustainable fisheries, the state of fish stocks and the setting of fishing opportunities (initiative Sustainable fishing in the EU: state of play and orientations for 2024) by BirdLife International, Blue Marine Foundation, ClientEarth, Dutch Elasmobranch Society, Ecologistas en Acción, Fair Seas Ireland, Oceana, Sciaena, Seas At Risk, The Fisheries Secretariat, and WWF.    

Joint NGO recommendations on Baltic Sea fishing opportunities for 2024

June 19, 2023

The Baltic Sea ecosystem is in severe distress and the major commercial fish stocks have never been in worse condition. In October 2023, EU fisheries ministers will agree on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2024. We have provided joint NGO recommendations on Baltic Sea fishing opportunities for 2024 in the context of environmental regulations, EU fisheries legislation, scientific advice on catch limits, and the sharing of stocks with third countries. Read the NGO briefing here.