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Fisheries Brief no. 11: Crucial year for Baltic cod

Swedish politicians must get involved in the process far earlier than a few days before the Council of Ministers in October. They must make it clear to officials what the priorities are. Our minister for fisheries must talk to colleagues from around the Baltic Sea to find political solutions.


New article: Pike wetlands – do they have any importance for the Baltic Sea coastal area?

Pike is one of Sweden’s most common predatory fish with an important role to play in the coastal ecosystem. Unfortunately, pike stocks in the Baltic Sea have declined in recent decades. Can pike wetlands, or ‘pike factories’, help strengthen the pike stock along the Baltic Sea coast?


The county administrative boards will receive more than SEK 400 million for local water conservation

Today, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM) announced that the Swedish county administrative boards will receive over SEK 400 million this year for local water conservation work to reduced eutrophication.


SwAm publishes report on the status of our commercially most important fish species

Today, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water management published the report Fish and shellfish stock in sea and freshwater 2018, a compilation of the condition of our commercially most important fish and shellfish species.


Interesting seminary: The Expansion of Low Oxygen Zones in the Global Ocean and Coastal Waters

On February 21, several prominent international professors will participate in the full-day symposium The Expansion of Low Oxygen Zones in the Global Ocean and Coastal Waters in Stockholm. The symposium will address the impact of changes in productivity, biodiversity, and biogeochemical cycles with declining oxygen in the global ocean and coastal waters.


New study: the grey seal is not the reason that Baltic cod stock is in crisis

This weekend, an article was published in the scientific journal AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment. The article states that the grey seal is not the reason for the Baltic cod´s crisis.


Nine marine areas in the Baltic Sea included in the UN Convention on Biological Diversity

On Thursday, 29 November 2018, it was agreed that nine marine areas in the Baltic Sea will be included in the international Convention on Biological Diversity. This means that these marine areas are deemed to merit special protection. Such areas are known as Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs).


SwAM’s assessment of the Swedish marine environment complete

As part of its work to implement the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM) has been assessing the status of the Swedish marine environment. SwAM issued a press release on the 29th of November about the results of that assessment.


The Danish Rigsrevisionen audits subsidies to the fishery sector from EMFF

The Danish Rigsrevisionen has audited the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' management of support from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (the EMFF).


A dark day for the Baltic cod

EU member states have agreed on the Baltic Sea fishing quotas for 2019. For the eastern cod a reduction in the quota with 15% was set. It is a reduction that does not follow the scientific advice (50% higher), the advice from interest groups and is much higher than what the professional fishermen themselves proposed. It can only be summed up as a total political failure.


Fisheries Brief No. 10: EU’s fisheries policy spectacle damages cod

Baltic cod is in trouble. Scientists, bureaucrats and politicians have spent virtually all year analysing, providing evidence and deciding how much cod can be fished. Nevertheless, it is proving impossible to reverse the trend.


Living coast in ”Svenska Dagbladet”

Last Saturday the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet published a story on the foundation's large scale restoration project Living coast! Svenska Dagbladet´s reporters met up with Living coast´s project managers Emil Rydin and Linda Kumblad when they collected water samples in the bay in order to hear more about the work and how the experiences from the project will contribute to a healthier Baltic Sea.


Our Fish publish report on discards of cod in the Baltic Sea

Yesterday, the organization Our Fish report released the report "Illegal Baltic cod discards are wasting fisheries, communities and the environment".


Final report from the project ”Mapping of nutrient emissions into the Baltic Sea from shipping”

Overall, the shipping and cruise industry in the Baltic Sea is extensive, which affects the ocean through nutrient emissions. At the beginning of the year, the project “Mapping of nutrient emissions into the Baltic Sea from shipping” started under the leadership of PhD student Magda Wilewska Bien, Professor Lena Granhag and Professor Karin Andersson at Chalmers University of Technology.


Fisheries Brief No. 9: Responsibility rests with the fishery ministers

The EU Commission has issued its proposals for quotas for next year’s cod fishing in the Baltic Sea. This is a stage in the immense bureaucracy that we described in Fisheries Brief no. 6. But attempts to maintain vigorous cod stocks have failed. With a few exceptions, commercial fishing in the past 20 years has not managed to catch sufficient cod to meet the quotas. The stocks have been consistently overestimated, which is very serious.


New Article: Eutrophication of seabeds – can the vicious circle be stopped?

Eight years ago, BalticSea2020 launched the large-scale restoration project Living coast. The project is being conducted at Björnö bay in the Stockholm archipelago, and it aims to demonstrate that eutrophic bays around the Baltic Sea can once more achieve good ecological status. When the project first began, eutrophication in the bay was largely caused by phosphorus leaching out of the seabed. Today, that leaching has stopped, but how has that come about? Do the conditions in the water and seabed play any role in which method is most effective?


Commission proposes Baltic Sea fishing opportunities for 2019

The Commission's proposal for fishing opportunities on cod in the Baltic Sea 2019 was published on Friday 31th of August. For the eastern Baltic cod stock, of which BalticSea2020 has been deeply involved with, the Commission's proposal is inadequate.


Fisheries Brief No. 8: Is the Minister for Rural Affairs in charge of fishing matters?

Bottom trawling is one of the reasons why Baltic Sea cod stocks are in crisis. Stopping bottom trawling is one measure that could be implemented immediately and would have a significant impact on the ability of stocks to recover. That is why it is interesting that most political parties stated during the summer that they want to work to get the EU to stop bottom trawling for cod in the Baltic Sea.


Fisheries Brief No. 7: Who is entitled to the fish?

There is a problem with fishing in the Baltic Sea. One reason is that cod catches are a mere tenth of what they were in previous decades. This development is also worrying local municipalities, who want active coastal communities. As fish stocks are depleted, the fight for the remaining resources increases. Who exactly is entitled to the fish? Is it the large-scale bottom trawlers, most of which come from the west coast of Sweden? Is it the small-scale coastal fishermen from the local municipality? Is it anglers from all over Sweden?


Fisheries Brief No. 6: Baltic Sea cod quotas

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) proposes limiting the cod quota for the eastern stock to just over 16,700 tonnes, a reduction of nearly 40 per cent from last year’s recommendation. For the western stock ICES proposes a very wide-ranging quota and is leaving decisions to the politicians.