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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.


Improving and facilitating assessment of the landing obligation

February 15, 2018

The Fisheries Secretariat has responded to the European Commission consultation on the landing obliation and submitted this contribution as part of our work in the Baltic Sea Advisory Council after a questionnaire was produced for Member States and producer organisations as a way of improving the implementation of the landing obligation and ending the wasteful practice of discards in European waters.


Revision of the EU Fisheries Control System – Joint NGO letter

December 20, 2017

In this letter the undersigned organisations have requested a meeting with the European Commission to discuss the revision of the EU Fisheries Control System.


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.


Baltfish briefing on Baltic TACs for 2018

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.