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Joint NGO letter to DG Mare Commissioner requesting closure of western Baltic flatfish and cod bycatch fishery

February 22, 2017

In this letter the undersigned NGOs requested a closure of the western Baltic flatfish and cod bycatch fishery. This was opened during the spawning season closure for cod, which is in February and March. The stock is below the biomass reference point and has been overfished for many years. In our view, this additional fishing pressure during the closed period does not comply with the Baltic multiannual plan, Common Fisheries Policy, or the Control Regulation.

On 7 March the flatfish fishery was closed by the European Commission, writing "the legislation is clear and does not permit and fishery during the closure period that is likely to catch cod."


Proposal to Baltic Sea Advisory Council for Fair and Balanced external representation

February 9, 2017

The Baltic Sea Advisory Council has a significant imbalance in which organisations represent the Council in external fora, a FishSec review shows. The Other Interest Group (OIGs) holds 40% of the seats and yet attends only 17% of the meetings on an annual basis. By contrast the fishing industry attends 58% of meetings and the Secretariat 25%. FIshSec has proposed measures to achieve a fair and balanced representation.


Proposal to Baltic Sea Advisory Council for quota distribution in line with Article 17

January 4, 2017

In light of the significant cuts to the TAC for western Baltic cod in 2017, FishSec proposed a motion for adoption at the Baltic Sea Advisory Council that the limited quota should be allocated to the most vulnerable fishers, in terms of jobs and income, and to those who have the lowest environmental impact.


Joint NGO letter to DG Mare Director concerning Baltic quotas in 2017

November 28, 2016

In this letter the undersigned NGOs outlined their concerns regarding the science underpinning the quotas set for stocks, in particular western Baltic cod and Gulf of Riga herring, and their compliance with the Baltic multiannual plan. We welcomed the Commission's statements that this information would be made available and have requested that this is done so publically, so as to address the transparency concerns that have become apparent through the negotiations.


North Atlantic and North Sea TACs 2017: Council briefing from the Fisheries Secretariat & Seas at Risk

November 23, 2016

This briefing provide recommendations to the Fisheries Council on the European Commission’s proposal on fishing opportunities in the North Atlantic and North Sea for 2017. The Fisheries Council will conclude on 13 December, and we ask the Council to endorse our recommendations in order to ensure more sustainable utilisation of our common marine resources. Our news story can be found here


Council brief on Deep Sea TACs for 2017 & 2018

November 3, 2016

This briefing provide recommendations to the Fisheries Council on the European Commission’s proposal on fishing opportunities for certain Deep Sea stocks for 2017 and 2018. This is the first time that these TACs have been set since the recent agreement of the new EU deep sea access regime. The Fisheries Council will conclude on 15 November, and we ask the Council to endorse our recommendations in order to ensure more sustainable utilisation of our common marine resources. Our letter to Ministers can be found here.


Baltic TACs 2017

October 10, 2016

Here you can find a table with the quotas, decided by Council, in the Baltic Sea fisheries for 2017.


Council brief on Baltic TACs for 2017

October 1, 2016

This briefing provide recommendations to the Fisheries Council on the European Commission’s proposal on fishing opportunities in the Baltic for 2017. This is the first time that Baltic TACs have been set since the adoption of the Baltic multiannual management plan. The Fisheries Council will conclude on 11 October, and we ask the Council to endorse our recommendations in order to ensure more sustainable utilisation of our common marine resources. Our news story can be found here  


Baltic mulitiannual management plan

September 20, 2016

Here you can find the legislation relating to the Baltic multiannual management plan. This was decided through co-decision between the Council and European Parliament, and came into force in time to be the basis for the 2017 quotas.


Technical Measures Framework briefing and letter

August 25, 2016

In our letter to Ministers, FishSec and Seas at Risk provided recommendations on the Technical Measures Framework.

Technical measures are rules for where, when and how fishing may take place and are fundamental for regulating the impact of fishing on stocks and the wider marine ecosystem. In this paper, we have outlined our joint prorities for the forthcoming negotiations.