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Baltic Cod gets red light in WWF´s seafood guide

Today, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released its annual seafood guide, which advises consumers who want to make informed choices when purchasing seafood. In this year's seafood guide, trawled cod from the eastern Baltic Sea is classified with red light (don´t buy).


BalticSea2020: Ban on bottom trawling promotes economic value in society

Small-scale professional fishing and recreational fishing creates greater value together.


Fisheries Brief No. 5: Historically low catches of Baltic Sea cod

The cod is the most important predatory fish in the Baltic Sea. A viable cod stock is therefore crucial to the Baltic’s ecology and environment. The Baltic Sea cod is genetically unique and cannot be replaced by cod from other areas. The Baltic cod should also be a sustainable resource as a good food fish, and should provide employment for professional fishermen, fishmongers and restaurants in coastal communities.


PRESS RELEASE: 50 000 signatures against bottom trawling for cod in the Baltic Sea

In just a few weeks, the campaign Save Baltic Cod´s petition has reached 50,000 signatures, calling on Swedish politicians to propose a ban on bottom trawling for cod in the Baltic Sea.


Living coast and Svealandskusten

Last week, Emil Rydin and Linda Kumblad visited The Svealand Coastal Water Association´s annual meeting. Here they presented the large scale restoration project, Living Coast, which is carried out in the Björnö bay in Stockholm´s archipelago.


Fisheries Brief No. 4: The role of cod in the ecosystem

Research shows that Baltic Sea cod play an essential role in the sea’s ecosystem. As the top predator, cod is of major importance to Baltic Sea plant and animal life. This means that disturbance to the cod stock has consequences throughout the entire sea.


Fisheries Brief No. 3: The Baltic Sea cod – a unique and isolated species

A distinguishing feature of the Baltic Sea’s environment is the presence of fewer species than are found in other marine areas. The Baltic Sea is sensitive to changes due to this lack of species diversity, as crucial ecosystem functions are maintained by a limited number of species.


SMHI reports on continued severe oxygen conditions in the Baltic Sea

During the autumn of 2017, SMHI conducted their annual oxygen survey in the Baltic Sea. The updated results for 2016 and the preliminary results for 2017 show that the poor oxygen conditions continue.


Living coast in Nya Åland and Åland's radio

Last Tuesday, doc Linda Kumblad and doc Emil Rydin, project managers for Living Coast, participated on the Coastal Day 2018, which was held on Åland. In connection with the seminar, they participated in an interview in Åland´s radio and talked about the implemented measures and its results. Emil and Linda say that the secret to the successful restauration is a holistic approach to the causes of eutrophication. You can also read about the project in Nya Åland.


Fisheries Brief No. 2: Discards continue despite ban

The most recent fisheries debate has been about the waste of resources that is still happening in the Baltic Sea. Millions of cod are thrown overboard in the Baltic Sea each year, despite the discard ban that has been in place since 2015.


The foundation´s work during 2017 and what will happen in the year to come

Time goes fast when you have fun, and we agree! 2017 is over, an exciting year that largely focused on the vulnerable situation of the Baltic Sea cod.


Proposal from European Parliament risks marine ecosystems and fish stocks

On the 16th of January 2018 the European Parliament voted on a proposal to merge and simplify a set of rules within current fisheries legislation. The organization Seas At Risk says that despite that the legislation´s aim is to reduce the impacts of fisheries on the marine environment, the proposal adopted only weakens existing legislation that served to protect the seas in Europe.


Fisheries Brief No. 1: How big is the fishing industry?

The Fisheries Brief is shorter documents that highlights questions related to the Baltic Sea fisheries.


DN reports on the building of the Baltic Sea Science Center at Skansen

In 2011 Skansen told BalticSea2020 about the idea of building a house where Skansen visitors have the opportunity to discover the Baltic Sea and its unique ecosystems. The building of the Baltic Sea Science Center started in fall 2016 and will be open to the public next year.


The Living Coast project has been nominated for the Baltic Sea Fund Prize 2018

It is a great pleasure to tell you that Baltic Sea 2020's large-scale restoration project "Living Coast" has been nominated for the Baltic Sea Fund Prize! The project started in 2010 under the leadership of Doc Linda Kumblad and Doc Emil Rydin. “Living coast” is being carried out in the Björnö bay, an archipelago bay that, before the project started, could be compared to a "Baltic Sea in miniature".


New report exposes high discards of cod in the Baltic Sea

A report was recently published by the organization Our Fish, which shows that fishermen in the Baltic Sea throw millions of cod in the sea annually, even though this is forbidden in the EU. The control and enforcement of the discard ban is almost nonexistent in the Baltic Sea.


Scientists: The eider disappears due to thiamine deficiency

There is a direct link between thiamine deficiency and the eider decline in Sweden, scientists at National veterinary Institute (SVA) and Stockholm University, announce in a press release today. The results have been published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports.


Historical changes in length of the Baltic cod

Researchers Henrik Svedäng and Sara Hornborg investigate in an article why the Baltic Sea almost completely lacks larger cod. They compare the Baltic cod stock with Öresund where there are cod in all sizes. One explanation may be that in Öresund, trawling has been forbidden since the 1930s. The Baltic cod stock, on the other hand, is exposed to a heavy fishing pressure with bottom trawling that focuses on the larger cods.


The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management will investigate the effects of bottom trawling

The Swedish government instructs The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM) to propose fisheries regulations in protected areas, the government writes in a press release last week (June 8, 2017). SwAM will also investigate the effects of bottom trawling on protecting areas and within the trawl boundary and if necessary, propose measures if necessary.


The crisis for the cod in the Baltic Sea continues

Each year, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) recommends sustainable fishing quotas to the EU Commission and the Fisheries Ministers. Before 2018, ICES proposes that quotas should be reduced by a third in the eastern stock and more than half in the west.