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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.


Letter on North Sea Multi Annual Fisheries Plan proposal to European Parliament ENVI Committee

September 5, 2016

Multiannual management plans become legilsation through co-decision. In this letter to the Chair of group coordinators of the Environment Committee in the European Parliament, NGOs requested that the ambitions of the Common Fisheries Policy are fully implemented, with a focus on restoring fish stocks and to avoid the loopholes that emerged during the adoption of the Baltic Sea multiannual plan.


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.


Request to Slovakian Presidency live stream Council meetings – joint NGO letter

August 22, 2016

In this letter, FishSec are one of eight organisations requesting that the upcoming Council meetings in 2016 are live streamed. There has been a lack of public scrutiny and transparency with regard to the setting of TACs and quotas and it is of public interest for these decisions to be taken in a more visible light.


Joint NGO position paper on the Commission’s Technical Measures Framework proposal

August 18, 2016

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.


Commission Consultation on Fishing Opportunities for 2017

June 23, 2016

This letter with recommendations regarding the Communication from the Commission concerning a consultation on Fishing Opportunities for 2017, (COM(2016) 369 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 2017. It shows a commitment to implement the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), however, the objective of fishing below Fmsy in order to bring stock biomass above Bmsy for all stocks is not as clear as it could be.


Analysis of the Baltic multiannual plan

June 20, 2016

The Baltic multiannual management plan for cod, herring and sprat stocks is analysed in the attached pdf. We welcome the use of multispecies management as a progression in how Baltic fish stocks are utilised, however, we are crticial of the plan as it places unnecessary risks upon the ecosystem and contains provisions which allow for overfishing to continue in breach of the MSY objective in the CFP.


Summary of ICES advice on Baltic stocks for 2017

June 1, 2016

On 31 May 2016, 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 2017. Here we provide a summary and comment on the assessments and advice.


Data Collection Framework Regulation (recast) – Aquaculture data

May 31, 2016

This briefing was sent to EU Fisheries Ministers and calls for the inclusion of ALL aquaculture production in the new DCF regulation under article 5.2, as mandatory.