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Documentary on ghost nets in the World of science (SVT2)

On February 10, you can see Joakim Odelbergs and Leofilms documentary on ghost nets. The documentary airs at 20:00 in the World of Science (SVT2). Ghost nets are discarded fishing gear that continues to catch fish for decades, affecting the size of the fish population, causing suffering to wildlife and unforgivable destruction of our common natural resources.


The Baltic cod regain MSC certification

The Swedish cod fishery in the eastern Baltic, fished with ground lines, is once again MSC certified. After three months with withdrawn certificate, they got back the proof that they are operating sustainably. What was missing earlier was an explanation if there were birds in the by-catch - which they now have adjust.


Polish cod fishers break new ground with MSC

The Eastern Baltic cod fishery has become the first fishery from Poland to enter into assessment against the MSC standard for well-managed and sustainable fisheries. It will be assessed against the 31 indicators of the MSC standard covering stock abundance, the impacts of the fishery on the marine ecosystem, and the management of the fishery. The assessment will be conducted by a team of independent scientists under the lead of a third-party certifier. If successful, the fishery will be eligible to show the blue MSC ecolabel on its cod catch from the Eastern Baltic Sea. The MSC logo is the world’s best known mark for sustainably caught fish, with consumer recognition in major European markets of 23 to 55 per cent.


20 km fishing gears were picked up outside Smygehuk in Sweden

Between September 8 and 12 2013 Trelleborg Municipality picked up 20 km fishing gears from the water east and west of Smygehuk in south of Swden. The work is part of the project "Ghost nets outside Smygehamn" initiated by Sten Björk, vice president of Trelleborg Municipality's Development Coorporation, and funded by BalticSea2020 and of The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management.


Fish for the Future on the new Common Fisheries Policy

BalticSea2020 has met three parliamentarians from Fish for the Future, who talks about their views on the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Meet the MEPs Isabella Lövin, Christofer Fjellner and Chris Davies, who before the voting on February 6, 2013 have worked hard to ensure that the Parliament will support a fisheries legislation that value profitable and sustainable fisheries. Read the entire article here.


Charles Clover on the EU's fisheries subsidies and its negative impact on fisheries

Ahead of the European Parliament voting on the fisheries subsidies next week, we want you to observe the article "Dead ahead, a plague of zombie trawlers sucking life from the sea", by Charles Clover, The Sunday Times.


Study guide to The Second Wave

The study guide for the film The Second Wave is now available on our website. The Second Wave, which deals with environmental toxins in the Baltic Sea, is the third documentary in the Foundation's ten-year media project The Baltic Sea Media Project. The study is based on the documentary, and gives examples of different ways to deal with issues related to the Baltic Sea.


A cleaner Baltic Sea with advisory services for Polish farmers

Nutrient runoff from agriculture is the main contributor to eutrophication in the Baltic Sea, with many projects being conducted on this subject. However, knowledge has often not reached or been put into use by the majority of farmers around the Baltic Sea. A new project, funded by the BalticSea2020 foundation, has the farmers’ own commitment and knowledge as its starting point. Eutrophication is to be reduced through advisory services and network building.


The second wave by Folke Rydén in Vetenskapens värld

Monday, May 6, 2013, the documentary The second wave by Folke Rydén airs on "Vetenskapens värld", SVT2 (Television of Sweden). The film is the third documentary within the Baltic Sea Media Project. The film investigates toxic chemicals found in and around the Baltic Sea, in wildlife and in human bodies.


New board member to BalticSea2020

On April 15, board member Sten Gustafsson retired for reasons of age. BalticSea2020 appreciate Stens important and dedicated contribution to the Board during the years 2006 to 2013. Sten has by virtue of his long experience and knowledge, been a great support to both the Board and the Foundation. The successor of Sten Gustafsson is Eva Carlson.


Fishermen and scientists collaborate in a unique project for the development of the Baltic cod

The stocks of cod in the southern Baltic Sea are approaching the levels seen in the 1980s, partly because of successful spawning, reduced illegal fishing and a more efficient management. But still, the individual size of the cod is relatively small. With support from BalticSea2020 the Sweden Cod Fishermen's Producer Organisation (STPO), in collaboration with researchers from the Institute of Marine Research (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), will develop sustainable cod fishing in the Baltic Sea to improve the average size of the cod.


135 kilometres of dangerous fishing nets collected in the Baltic Sea

22 thousand kilograms of lost fishing nets remaining in the Baltic were collected in 2012 by Polish and Lithuanian fishermen in the framework of a joint project led by WWF Poland, and carried out in co-operation with the Lithuanian Fund for Nature and the Baltic Sea 2020 Foundation. Its total length amounted to approximately 135 kilometres – a distance equal to the distance form Warsaw to Łódż!


100 million for a healthier Baltic Sea

The Baltic Sea Centre formed a strategic partnership with BalticSea2020 in February. The foundation decided to allocate 100 million SEK to further develop the Centre and make sure useful knowledge is forwarded to the right place in society.


The BalticSea2020 founder Mr Björn Carlson writes about fisheries policy in the online magasine EurActiv

Ahead of the European Parliament next voting in February, the Foundation's founder and chairman Björn Carlson writes about the importance of improving the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), in the online magazine Björn Carlson says among others that the reform is urgent. Commission figures are alarming: 62% of Atlantic stocks and 82% of Mediterranean stocks are overfished while member states of the European Union have authorized catch levels 40% higher than the average scientific recommendations over the last ten years. In addition, each year 1.7 million tons of fish are thrown back dead into the sea, equivalent to one quarter of perfectly edible fish caught in the EU; a situation that seems absurd as the EU imports more than half of the fish it consumes.


Follow up to the prize-winning film, “Ghosts in the Baltic”

Ghost nets are a global problem that occurs in all oceans, lakes and waterways that are fished. They are discarded fishing gear that continues to catch fish for decades, affecting the size of the fish population, causing suffering to wildlife and unforgivable destruction of our common natural resources. The first documentary “Ghosts in the Baltic” was produced by Joakim Odelberg in 2010/2011, with funding from BalticSea2020, to draw attention to the problem of discarded fishing equipment – ghost nets. It was filmed in the seas around Sweden, Poland and Lithuania, using material from above and below the surface. A follow-up is now being made.


BalticSea2020 selected member of BS RAC

BalticSea2020 have been selected as a member of Baltic Sea Regional Advisory Council (BS RAC), General Assembly. The main purpose of BS RAC is to advice the European Commission and member states on issues related to the fishery management in the Baltic Sea. Also the European Parliament referrals proposals for new laws to the BS RAC, with the intention of getting the members' opinion on them. The members of BS RAC are fisheries organizations and stakeholders. For more information on the BS RAC - click here.


Award for an innovative manure management technology - SyreN

The EU project Baltic Manure has been distributed the 2012 Baltic Manure Handling Award to an innovative manure management technology called SyreN, November 29th 2012. This technology benefits both the environment and the agriculture production because it transforms the form of ammonia that’s emitted to air and makes it available for the growing crops. Morten Toft, CEO of the Danish agricultural technology company Biocover, is behind the technology and has received numerous awards for SyreN. This award was handed out at Agro Business Park Stand at Agromek Fair in Herning, Denmark. Morten Toft says, among other things, that this is a story about a little stubborn idea in the mind of a Dane, who, after much work and serious studies became a great vision for the future of agriculture.


Good cultivation techniques for good water-quality

2012 November 30, The Swedish website "Greppa Näringen" ( and Mr. Markus Hoffman wrote about a German scientist who had evaluate how nitrogen and phosphorus loss can be reduced, if farmers begin to use the best available technologies ("best management practice" (BMP)). Four measures were estimated, among others an action plan for plant nutriment.


Pay increase for fishermen if EU voting for a sustainable fisheries

Enabling fish stocks to return to healthy and sustainable levels will result in an increase in landings, profit and income for the fisheries sector and fishermen, according to WWF in a press release launched this week. The press release is based on a new independent study - Socio-Economic Benefits of a Bold EU Fisheries Reform, and is carried out by Framian BV and commissioned by WWF. The study is the first to examine the potential social and economic benefits of the fisheries sector from a purely EU perspective, providing strong arguments for an ambitious reform of Europe’s fisheries. Read the WWF press release here. The study supports our approach within the project CFP reform program. Read more about the project here.


BalticSea2020 is funding two new projects to reduce eutrophication in the coastal bays of the Baltic Sea

To find alternative ways of reducing eutrophication in coastal bays, BalticSea2020 is launching two projects. “Permanent binding of phosphorus in the bottom sediments of the Baltic Sea” is being carried out at Stockholm University under the direction of associate professor Sven Blomqvist. At the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), “Reactive sorbents for fixing of phosphorus in Baltic Sea bottoms” is being carried out under the direction of Professor Gunno Renman.