Baltic Sea

The Baltic is the youngest sea on our planet, emerging from the retiring ice masses only some 10,000-15,000 years ago. Governed by special hydrographical and climatic conditions, the Baltic Sea is one of the planet’s largest bodies of brackish water. Saltwater from the North-East Atlantic blends with fresh water from the surrounding rivers and streams that run through 14 different countries in the catchment, an area four times larger than the Sea itself. 


Some facts:

Area: 377,000 km²
Catchment area 1.642 million km²
Max depth: 459 m (1,506 ft)
Location: Europe
Max width: 193 km (120 mi)
Position: from 53°N to 66°N latitude and from 10°E to 30°E longitude.

FishSec’s work in the Baltic Sea
Working with the fishing industry and policy makers, we focus on improving fishery sustainability in the Baltic Sea through policy development. In several of our projects, including those on Baltic cod and European eel we collaborate with partners in other EU member states around the Baltic Sea.



Last updated: June 2, 2023