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Council brief on fishing opportunities for the Baltic Sea for 2015

September 16, 2014

This briefing provides recommendations on fishing opportunities for Baltic Sea stocks for 2015. The Commission proposal (COM(2014)552) is the first proposal for fishing opportunities under the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which revised the long-term targets for EU commercial fish stocks.

The briefing was sent to the EU Fisheries Ministers and their advisors. Fisheries Attachés at the Permanent Representations to the EU were also targeted, where we presented our deliberations on the proposed fishing opportunities for Baltic Sea stocks for 2015, which will be discussed in the coming weeks. We asked them to consider all our input in order to ensure more sustainable utilisation of our common marine resources.


Priorities for environmentally responsible aquaculture in the EU

August 15, 2014

A joint position paper from Seas At Risk, The Fisheries Secretariat (FISH), Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB), BirdLife International, Marine Conservation Society, The North Sea Foundation, WWF, The Swedish Society of Nature Conservation, BUND, European Bureau for Concervation and Development and ENT addressing our shared priorities for environmentally responsible aquaculture in the EU.


Baltic ecosystem based multispecies management

July 21, 2014

The EU as a whole has an ambition to move towards long term multispecies management, rather than single-species management. As with several efforts in the past, the Baltic Sea region is to move ahead. For these reasons, a Baltic multispecies management plan has been discussed over the past three years.

The latest advice provided by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) now urgently needs to be revised since the status of the eastern Baltic cod stock has changed dramatically. We now urge decision-makers to be patient and not push through a premature proposal for a Baltic multispecies plan.


Priorities for MSFD programmes of measures

July 12, 2014

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) has entered a crucial implementation phase as countries are now developing their programmes of measures (PoMs), which are to achieve or maintain Good Environmental Status (GES) in marine waters by 2020. Early and effective public participation and consultation in the development of these PoMs is a prerequisite for their success.

This paper aims to facilitate this process and to support NGOs and national authorities in their work with developing measures. It includes the priority measures and targets NGOs would like to see implemented for a selection of the MSFD descriptors as well as recommendations for the establishment of an ecologically coherent network of well-managed marine protected areas.


Council brief on fishing opportunities for 2015

July 3, 2014

The European Commission sets out principles for the fixing of fishing opportunities for 2015. It shows a clear commitment to implement the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and specifically its MSY objective.

In the communication, the Commission has listed a number of principles for fixing fishing possibilities for 2015, which will be applied in its proposals for fishing limits later this year. They are largely based on the level of information available for the stocks, and divided into two main categories: 1) stocks with full assessments and MSY estimates and 2) other stocks.


Summary of ICES advice for Baltic stocks in 2015

June 3, 2014

On 30 May 2014, 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 2015. Here we provide a summary and comment on the assessments and advice.


Seal damaged fish – a joint NGO letter to BALTFISH

May 20, 2014

A joint letter from Oceana, The Fisheries Secretariat (FISH), Coalition Clean Baltic and the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC) regarding the BALTFISH High Level Group Joint Recommendation on the Outline of a Discard Plan for the Baltic Sea dated 14 May 2014 and specifically seal damaged fish.


MSFD Descriptor 3 and GES – joint NGO comments

May 12, 2014

A joint letter from The Fisheries Secretariat (FISH), Oceana, Coaltion Clean Baltic and Seas At Risk regarding Descriptor 3 and the objective to reach Good Environmental Status (GES) for commercially exploited fish stocks within the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)


BALTFISH draft discard plan – joint NGO considerations

February 28, 2014

A joint response from Oceana, The Fisheries Secretariat (FISH), WWF, Coalition Clean Baltic and the Finnish Society for Nature Conservation on the BALTFISH DRAFT Outline of a discard plan for the Baltic Sea for consideration before submission of the joint recommendations to the European Commission.


Council brief on North Sea and Atlantic TACs for 2014

December 10, 2013

The December Council set TACs for the majority of EU fish stocks for 2014. This briefing focuses on certain stocks from the North Sea and Atlantic, and provides recommendations on fishing opportunities for these vis a vis (COM(2013)753).