Positions & Papers

Joint NGO recommendations for EU-Norway agreement on fishing opportunities in 2019

November 19, 2018

In the briefing and annex joint recommendations have been produced ahead of the annual agreement between the EU and Norway concerning fishing opportunities for shared stocks. Fully implementing maximum sustainable yield management, as well as the landing obligation and ensuring greater transparency are among the recommendations, along with detailed TAC recommendations provided in the annex. Details from the 2018 negotiation can be found here.

Council briefing on Deep Sea TACs – joint NGO paper

November 9, 2018

In the letter and policy annex sent to Ministers and Member States ahead of the November Council and which deep sea TACs for 2019 and 2020 were set NGOs called for the EU to fully implement its policy of ending overfishing. This was the first time fishing opportunities were set after the 2020 deadline. A series of policy recommendations for both the most vulnerable stocks and also improvements to data collection, monitoring and transparency were made.

Joint NGO priorities on the revision of the EU Fisheries Control System

October 30, 2018

A broad coalition of NGOs have together drawn up a series of recommendations based on the EU Commission proposal for the revision of the Fisheries Control System, this includes both an analysis of the proposal as well as a detailed 12 point plan for reform. In November 2019 our Joint NGO priorities have been updated.

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.