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Joint NGO position on Deep Sea TACs and quotas in 2019 and 2020

September 11, 2018

This briefing provides joint recommendations from ten organisations on Deep Sea fishing opportunities in 2019 & 2020. These TACs will be decided at the November Council and are the first TACs to be set after the EU Maximum Sustainable Yield deadline has passed.

The Fisheries Council will conclude negotiations on the TACs on 19-20 November.


Joint NGO position on Baltic TACs and quotas in 2019

August 1, 2018

This briefing provides joint recommendations from nine organisations on fishing opportunities in the Baltic for 2019. We highlight the priorities of full implementation of the maxiumum sustainable yield objective and the landing obligation, urging Ministers to set quotas not exceeding scientific recommendations.

The Fisheries Council will conclude negotiations on the TACs on 15-16 October in Brussels and the regional management forum, BALTFISH, will conduct preparatory work.


EU Fisheries Control System revision – joint NGO priorities

June 26, 2018

The Commission proposal for a revision of the 2010 EU fisheries Control Regulation has been published and a coalition of NGOs have outlined our priorities here. These include ensuring full compliance with the landing obligation, achieving coherence with Technical Measures, improving enforcement and sanctions, making better use of  technology to improve the accuracy of reporting and allow for better data, improving traceability, as well as ensuring MPAs are guaranteed effective protection.


Summary of ICES advice on Baltic stocks for 2019

June 12, 2018

On 31 May 2018, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Advisory Committee published their advice regarding the exploitation of the Baltic Sea fish stocks for 2019. Here we provide a summary and comment on the assessments and advice.

A table with the summary of the ICES advice can be found here.


Western Waters management plan and BMAP revision – NGO recommendations

June 5, 2018

In this paper we provide joint recommendations for the management plan proposals.


Eel Evaluation Roadmap NGO submission

May 12, 2018

In response to the evaluation of the eel evaluation roadmap, we have produced a joint NGO paper providing feedback on the effectiveness and implementation of the EU Eel Regulation. In 2007 the EU agreed to establish measures for the recovery of the eel stock. This legislation has yet to bring about marked improvements in the state of the eel stock. It is our hope that through implementation of urgent measures and better management and protection in the future, we can enable long-term recovery and sustainable exploitation of European eel, but we note that we are a very long way from there today.


Joint NGO letter to BALTFISH – spatial mangement of the sprat fishery

April 25, 2018

Nine organiations from across the Baltic region have written to BALTFISH requesting the adoption of the ICES recommendations with regards to sprat management.
For several years ICES have advised that "a spatial management plan is developed for the fisheries that catch sprat, with the aim to improve cod condition....[and] restrictions on sprat catches taken in the main cod area should be established."
Redirecting the sprat fishery away from subdivisions 25 and 26 would likely provide more food for the cod in these areas, where the cod stock is most dense however is marked by stunted growth. There are clear ecosystem interactions between sprat and cod which managers should take into account.
Spatial management of the fishery would also allow cluepids (herring and sprat) to grow larger in the more northern areas of the Baltic Sea where their population density is higher. In addition, a lower incidence of the M74 disease in salmon populations would be expected as a result of a reduced proportion sprat in their diet.
We recommend that BALTFISH adopts the recommendations for the spatial management of sprat as this would likely benefit all the main commercial stocks in the Baltic Sea.


Joint NGO letter – Ending illegal, unreported discarding of fish by the Danish fishing industry

March 6, 2018

In an open letter to the Danish fisheries minister Karen Ellemann, dated 21 February, seven NGOs call on Denmark to take action to stop the widespread illegal and unreported discarding in the Baltic cod fishery and suggest solutions for a successful Landing Obligation, which is an obligation under the EU common fisheries policy (CFP).

The signatories to the letter: Our Fish, FishSec, Greenpeace, WWF, Danmarks Naturfredningsforening, Levende Hav and BalticSea2020 urge the Danish minister to:
1) Ensure undersized fish are not caught in the first place, by requiring the use of more selective gear types;
2) Implement proven, cost-effective monitoring onboard all vessels above 10m length and in segments with an increased risk of discarding (EFCA classification) in the Danish fishing fleet, e.g through the installation of Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM) and closed-circuit video surveillance;
3) Increase inspections and control at sea; and
4) Begin re-allocating quota to those in the fishing industry who have minimal impact, such as small-scale passive-gear fishers, and are complying with the law.


Post 2020 EU Funding for fisheries and maritime sectors – consulation

February 15, 2018

The European Commission wrote to Advisory Councils across the EU requesting participation in a consultation of funding and subsidies to the fisheries and maritime sectors before they produce their official proposals for how the funds will be used after 2020. As part of this consultation, the Fisheries Secretariat together with Coalition Clean Baltic and the Finnish Association for Nature Consulation submitted answers on how public funds can be used to implement the CFP, improve the state of fish stocks, labour conditions, and support the small-scale segment.


Amending the Baltic multiannual management plan – Bothnian herring

February 15, 2018

The Commission has proposed an amendment to the Baltic multiannual management plan to combine the Bothnian Sea and Bothnian Bay and to establish defined fishing mortality ranges and biomass levels for it. The Baltic Sea Advisory Council was consulted as part of the process and The Fisheries Secretariat participated, and our contribution can be found on page 4.