About the Baltic Sea AC
The Baltic Sea Advisory Council (BSAC) was set up in March 2006 after a decision by the EU to create so-called Regional Advisory Councils in the fisheries sector (Council Decision 2004/585/EC).
Setting up the Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) was one of the pillars of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, carried out in 2002. There had been calls from stakeholders in the fisheries sector who wanted to be more involved in the way fisheries is managed in the EU.
Then there was a new reform of the Common Fisheries Policy finalised in December 2013. A new regulation has been adopted in which the role and function of the Advisory Councils has been included. This is the so-called Basic Regulation. Link
The main aim of the BSAC is to prepare and provide advice on the management of Baltic Sea fisheries in order to achieve a successful running of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy.
The BSAC consists of organisations representing the fisheries and other interest groups affected by the CFP (eg. environmental, organisations, and sports and recreational fisheries organisations). The Commission has produced a Delegated Regulation laying down detailed rules on the functioning of the Advisory Councils. Link
Steve Karnicki, of the National Marine Fisheries Research Institute (MIR), Gdynia, Poland, is Honorary Chairperson of the BSAC General Assembly. Reine J. Johansson, former Chairman of the Swedish Fishermen’s Federation is Chairperson of the Executive Committee. Andrzej Bialas from OCEANA is the vice chair. Michael Andersen of the Danish Fishermen's Producer's Organisation chairs the Demersal WG. Mart Undrest of the Estonian Fishermen's Association is chair of the pelagic WG. Nils Höglund of Coalition Clean Baltic is chair of the sub group on ecosystem based management.
The BSAC is funded by the European Union, the Member States around the Baltic Sea, and its members.
If you want to find out more about the Advisory Councils, please go to the European Commission’s website at: