Baltic Sea 2020's position in political processes

Position - Fisheries
BalticSea2020 work to cost-effectively improve the Baltic Sea environmental quality by ensuring that the amount of cod is allowed to increase. Cod is the most important predatory fish in the Baltic marine ecosystem. When too much cod is taken from the sea, the link between the species in the food chain is altered. Where the cod have been fished out sprat has increased, which resulted in reduced quantities of zooplankton, which contributed to an increase in phytoplankton = algal blooms.
To achieve this objective, BalticSea2020 have put together important data, monitor relevant policy processes and maintain regular dialogue with policy makers and officials in the Baltic region and in Brussels.

In the area of "Fishery", the Foundation has produced a number of policy position papers that focus on:

  • Reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)
  • The development and introduction of the Baltic Sea Strategy

Position - Eutrophication
BalticSea2020 focuses on reducing the influx of nutrients from land and measures to improve coastal zone's capacity to buffer nutrients. In particular, focus on reducing leakage from point sources, such as industrialized animal farms. The Foundation monitors the political processes that have a bearing on this, such as the revision of "Directive on integrated pollution prevention and control” (IPPC Directive) and its governing documents, the EU Baltic Sea Strategy and the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan.

In the current situation, the Foundation has not developed any political position in the field, however, has several major research projects received grants.

Opinon documents
FISHERY 2010-11-09 Information about subsidies, sent to MEPs: Dismantling harmful subsidies
FISHERY 2009-12-01 Report: Towards elimination of subsidies in fisheries - Pavel Salz

EUTROPHICATION  2010-05-15 Proposal to the revission of the IPPC directive: Cost effective phosphorus management measures