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April 29, 2013

A meeting about the future for the Baltic Sea



This week, representatives from Member States around the Baltic Sea, are meeting in Tallinn, Estonia to discuss multi species fisheries management and a discard ban in the Baltic Sea.

Stakeholders have been invited to give their point of view, and Oceana will be there. We’re expecting some interesting discussions between the Member States, fisheries and other representatives and we hope that they will all show a clear commitment to ensuring that the future of the Baltic Sea is in line with fundamental principles on EU fisheries and marine environmental management.

For Oceana, it is crucial that these new policies are in agreement with the ecosystem approach, the precautionary principle, the aim to achieve MSY by 2015 and that they help accommodate the goal of reaching Good Environmental Status by 2020 according to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). 

Hopefully we can achieve coherence between fisheries and environmental management.