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The Cod Game selected for the film festival "Pêcheurs du Monde"

The Cod Game by Folke Rydén, have been selected for the 4th edition of the International Film Festival ”Pêcheurs du Monde” (Fishermen of the world), in the category "films en competition".


New report: Ecological effects of ghost net retrieval in the Baltic Sea

As much as six tonnes of ghost nets were taken from the Baltic Sea during the pilot project conducted by WWF Poland in cooperation with fishermen. Lost or abandoned nets is a real threat to fish, birds and marine mammals as they retain up to 20 percent of their fishing capacity. The number of ghost nets lying on the seabed is considered to be a thousand.


New report: The Baltic Sea – a model for regional fisheries management

The Commission proposal for a reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) includes measures as regards regionalization, however without explicitly encouraging member states to cooperate in a region. Axel Wenblad, former Director General of the Swedish Board of Fisheries, has in the report "The Baltic Sea - a model for Regional Fisheries Management" developed a model for how to implement a regional management of fisheries in the Baltic region.


BalticSea2020 has partnered with the Baltic Sea Action Plan Trust Fund

BSAP Trust Fund and BalticSea2020 have taken a first step towards concrete actions in Poland. BalticSea2020 started in 2010 a 10-year program aimed at reducing nutrient leaching from intensive livestock production to the Baltic Sea.  The program has identified a number of manure management technologies which, if used correctly, can capture and recirculate nutrients and thereby reduce leakage into water. The intention is to launch a full scale demonstration plant for the production of biogas from pig manure in Poland. The cooperation with the BSAP Trust Fund allows an evaluation of development prospects.


Baltic Sea Foundations met in Mariehamn to discuss cooperation

On the 23rd September four foundations from Finland, Sweden and Åland, met in Mariehamn to discuss enhanced cooperation. All foundations are deeply involved in issues concerning the Baltic Sea environment such as eutrophication, fishing, shipping and advocacy. Host and initiator of the meeting was MEP Carl Haglund and Anders Wiklöf from the Baltic Sea Fund.


Dead zones are spreading in coastal areas of the Baltic Sea

For the first time, the oxygen situation in the whole Baltic Sea coast area was mapped. An international team of scientists report that oxygen has decreased in coastal areas of the Baltic Sea creating dead zones with a lack of oxygen.


Financial support granted to take the Fish Fight campaign into Continental Europe

Baltic Sea 2020, The Oak Foundation and the Waterloo Foundation have agreed to fund the roll-out of the Fish Fight campaign into mainland Europe, especially targeting Germany, France, Spain and Poland.


New report: Best Available Technologies for Pig Manure Biogas Plants in the Baltic Sea Region

This report aims to identify and describe the best available technologies to digest pig manure, and recirculate the digestate to the agricultural production. Both biogas technologies, pre- and post- treatment and also technologies for storing and spreading of digestate have been analyzed.


New report about Phoshorus-indices

The Phosphorus-index has been identified within the Intensive Pig Production Program as a cost effective tool to reduce the risk for phosphor losses from fields. Different P-indices (or similar models) have been developed in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Germany, but so far the practical use of P-indices is very low.


Baltic Sea 2020 granted funds to pick up ghost nets

WWF Poland will, with funding from Baltic Sea 2020, locate and pick up lost or abandoned fishing gear. Fishing gear that has been left at sea is an unresolved and "silent" problem. The gear continues to catch fish, birds and marine mammals for many years at the sea bed which leads to degradation of the marine environment.


Two project managers recruited to Baltic Sea 2020´s Coastal zone project

On March 1st, Linda Kumblad and Emil Rydin start as project managers for the Baltic Sea 2020’s large Coastal zone project.


New major project for more predatory fish in the Baltic coastal areas

Baltic Sea 2020 has granted funding to the Swedish Anglers Association for a project aimed at creating a basis for a large-scale effort to restore a large number of spawning areas for coastal living populations of predatory fish. The goal is to initiate more than 20 large-scale restoration projects along the Swedish east coast.


10.5 million SEK to a study on bird death

Baltic Sea 2020 and Signhild Engkvist’s Foundation is funding a new project led by Lennart Balk, Associate Professor at Stockholm University to investigate and identify the causes of thiamine deficiency in eider and mussels in the Baltic Sea.


A Sustainable Baltic Cod Fishery within 3 Years?

Baltic Sea 2020, the Swedish Postcode Lottery and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) have agreed to work together to drive forward improvements to the environmental quality of the Baltic Sea.  A key objective is the expansion of the MSC fisheries certification and eco-labelling programme in the Baltic Region. As a first step, the MSC will establish an office in Stockholm and will deliver MSC services to fishers and the seafood industry in Sweden, Denmark and Northern Germany


Sustainable fishing and environmental improvements in the Baltic Sea boosted

Baltic Sea 2020, the Swedish Postcode Lottery and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) have agreed to work together to stimulate initiatives that will drive measures to improve the environmental quality of the Baltic Sea. The MSC will establish an office in Stockholm and will build upon existing work to transform the seafood market in the Baltic region to a sustainable basis. Initially, the office will deliver MSC services to fishers and the seafood industry in Sweden, Denmark and Northern Germany.


Protect young year classes of cod in the Baltic Sea

On the 2nd October 2009 the fishing ministers of the Baltic Sea area adopted a unique declaration to strengthen the fish stocks in the Baltic Sea. A commitment in the declaration was to take rapid action to protect young year classes of cod.


Release of 290 000 pikeperch in Himmerfjärden, Sweden

The first of three releases that will be executed during a three year period bagan this week. The total amount of released pikeperch will  be around 900 000. The project is the first of its kind in a sea area and the purpose is to research if an increase of predator fish will change the relation between the organisms in the foodweb so that the effects of eutrophication reduces.


New methods for a cleaner coast

Eutrophication is one of the most severe environmental problems in the Baltic Sea today. It is caused by excess input of nutrients from land to the sea.This project aims at developing mussel farming as an environmental measure to enhance the water quality in the Baltic Sea.


Let environmental considerations govern cod fishing

Internationella Havsforskningsrådet ICES redovisar idag sina rekommendationer för torskfisket i Östersjön 2010. Dessa rekommendationer ligger till grund för kommissionens och ministerrådets beslut om kvoter för fisket.


“Irresponsible to approve cod fishing in the Baltic”

Debate column, published in Dagens Nyheter 2009.05.11

Experts on the Baltic Sea want to protect cod for a few more years: Reinstating cod fishing too soon will jeopardize the future of the industry and will harm the environment. We are right on the threshold of successfully restoring the cod population in the Baltic and with it a healthier sea. But it is far too early to say the danger is over.