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Northeast Atlantic and North Sea TACs 2018: Council briefing from the Fisheries Secretariat & Seas at Risk

December 4, 2017

This joint NGO letter and annex one and two from the Fisheries Secretariat, Seas At Risk, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oceana and ClientEarth provides recommendations to the Fisheries Council on the European Commission’s proposal on fishing opportunities in the Northeast Atlantic and North Sea for 2018. The Fisheries Council will conclude on 12 December, and we ask the Council to endorse our recommendations in order to meet the requirements of the Common Fisheries Policy and to ensure a more sustainable utilisation of our common marine resources.


Protecting the eel stock – Questions to EU Ministers

November 24, 2017

20 NGOs have written to EU ministers and called upon them to explain what they will do to protect the endangered European eel after the EU Commission proposed to ban marine catches of adult eels.
  1. Do you agree that the state of the European eel is critical and that eel must have better protection than what the current recovery plan provides?
  2. What further measures do you envisage in addition to closing the EU-wide marine fisheries?
  3. What measures will you take at a national level to further protect the European eel?


Council brief on Baltic TACs for 2018

September 27, 2017

This briefing provides recommendations to the Fisheries Council on the European Commission’s proposal on fishing opportunities in the Baltic for 2018. This is the first time the Commission has proposed a prohibition of fishing on the endangered eel.

Quotas will be set in line with the measures outlined in the Baltic multiannual management plan. The Fisheries Council will conclude on 10 October, and we ask the Council to endorse our recommendations in order to ensure more sustainable utilisation of our common marine resources.

Annex I provides a detailed set of recommendations for the main commercial stocks in the Baltic Sea and Annex II is a briefing detailing our support for the prohibition on eel fishing.


Technical Conservation Measures – Joint NGO voting recommendations

September 27, 2017

This briefing provides recommendations to MEPs ahead of the Fisheries Committee meeting on 9-10 October 2017 at which amendments on Technical Conservation Measures, rules governing where, how, and when fishing takes place, will be voted on.


Baltfish briefing on Baltic TACs for 2017

August 28, 2017

This briefing provides recommendations to the Baltfish High Level Group on fishing opportunities in the Baltic for 2017. The Fisheries Council will conclude negotiations on the TACs on 9-10 October in Luxembourg.


Commission Consultation on Fishing Opportunities for 2018

July 14, 2017

This letter with recommendations regarding the Communication from the Commission concerning a consultation on Fishing Opportunities for 2018, (COM(2017) 368 final) is aimed at the Fisheries Ministers to consider at the upcoming Council meeting. The European Commission sets out principles for the fixing of fishing opportunities for 2018. It shows a commitment to implement the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), however, time is running out to fully implement the objective of fishing below Fmsy in order to bring stock biomass above Bmsy for all stocks by 2020.


FishSec EBFM Recommendations

June 27, 2017

FishSec has completed a set of recommendations for the implementation of ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) in the Baltic Sea region. The recommendations are based on the EBFM seminar in June 2016 that was organised by Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre, The Fisheries Secretariat (FishSec) and the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES) in Stockholm.


Summary of ICES advice on Baltic stocks for 2018

June 1, 2017

On 31 May 2017, 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 2018. 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.


Implementation of the landing obligation in the Baltic Sea

May 1, 2017

In response to the proposal made by the German Presidency of Baltfish on revisions to the landing obligation in the Baltic Sea, which will be put in place at the start of 2018. The Fisheries Secretariat and Coalition Clean Baltic have prepared this briefing in response to the questions and proposals outlined in the paper.


Joint NGO request for a meeting with the new DG Mare Director Hélène Clark

April 28, 2017

With the appointment of Hélène Clark to the position of DG Mare Director, the undersigned NGOs have requested a meeting to discuss the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Our overarching goals are a swift end to overfishing; the application of precautionary and ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries management; and the transition towards low-impact fisheries.

Moreover, we also seek a consistent implementation of the CFP, especially by means of science-based fishing opportunities; sustainable and ecosystem based multi-annual management plans (MAPs) and a robust framework of technical and conservation measures.