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Advice & Recommendations

During the more than 17 years the organisation has been active, the recommendations produced have covered a wide range of topics. The BSAC has advised on fishing quotas, marine spatial planning, technical measures but also on recreational fishing or offshore windfarms. These have sometimes taken the form of letters with compromise positions or divided answers to targeted questionnaires. However, these recommendations are always the product of members’ input whether it is by writing or during meetings.

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BSAC response to the communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council “Towards more sustainable fishing in the EU: state of play and orientations for 2024”

The BSAC takes note of the Commission’s Communication and accompanying Staff Working Document. The BSAC provides feedback and comments following the Commission’s request. On 7th July 2023, the BSAC has already sent its recommendation for the fishery in the Baltic Sea in 2024 to the Commission.

29/08/23 BSAC response to COM StateofPlayFishing Opportunities23-24-17
BSAC request for a Baltic roundtable discussion before Fisheries Council of October

BSAC request for a Baltic roundtable discussion before Fisheries Council of October

07/07/23 Letter to the Commissioner
BSAC recommendations on the legal Acts introducing a new mandatory trawl gear device

BSAC recommendations on the legal Acts introducing a new mandatory trawl gear device

The recommendation was also uploaded on the Commission’s consultation website.

07/07/23 BSAC recommendation
BSAC recommendations for the fisheries 2024

BSAC recommendations for the fisheries 2024

– Letter from the ExCom Chair to DG Mare
 BSAC recommendations for the fisheries in 2024 (minor update on the 10/07)

Translation of the BSAC advice:

BSAC recommendations for the fisheries in 2024 in Polish
BSAC recommendations for the fisheries in 2024 in German
BSAC recommendations for the fisheries in 2024 in Lithuanian
BSAC recommendations for the fisheries in 2024 in Swedish

07/07/23 Letter from the ExCom Chair to DG Mare BSAC recommendations
BSAC recommendation on the effectiveness of cod spawning area protection measures

Adopted by the Executive Committee on Thursday 29th June, sent on Monday 3rd July 2023.

The BSAC Demersal Working Group has been discussing the rationale for measures aimed at protecting cod spawning areas under Article 7 of the Council Regulation on fishing opportunities1. The provisions of the Regulation on fishing opportunities restrict the fishery in SDs 22-23 from February to March and in SD 24-26 during the summer months (May – August) “to protect cod spawning”.

The BSAC recommends the Commission to evaluate the effectiveness of all the measures to protect cod spawning areas. Allowing for a thorough evaluation will require specifically to look at cod spawning areas and depth around the Baltic. By-catch levels for each specific fishery should also be considered.

03/07/23 BSAC recommendation 4-Commission reply to BSAC on cod spawning closure recommendation - 25.08.2023
BSAC comments on amendments to the draft BALTFISH Joint Recommendation on Salmon LO derogation

BSAC comments on the amendments to the BALTFISH draft Joint
Recommendation regarding a derogation from the landing obligation in the Baltic
Sea establishing a discard plan as regards salmon in the Baltic Sea (ICES
Subdivisions 22-32)

The BSAC Executive Committee was consulted and asked if they wanted to raise further comments from the ones sent to BALTFISH on the 27th October 2022 or on the 22nd February 2023 on the same draft Joint Recommendation.

07/06/23 The BSAC sent a letter The BSAC attached input received from members organisations
BSAC input to BALTFISH High Level Group

The BSAC Executive Committee Chair was invited to take part in the BALTFISH High Level Group, online, on the 24th April 2023.

The BSAC input was drafted based on the past and future BSAC meetings agendas and latest work of BSAC with BALTFISH. It was validated by the Executive Committee through written procedure.

24/04/23 BSAC Input
BSAC recommendation on harmonised implementation of legal rules in geographically close areas

The BSAC recommends that, in general, in geographically close areas, legal rules should be implemented in the same way in all Member States so that there is a transparent level playing field for all fishers, regardless of the location from where they operate in the concerned area. This is to prevent uneven conditions for fishers in different countries. Therefore, the BSAC recommends Member States to consult each other and find agreements so that they can ensure harmonised implementation of the rules at sea and in port.

21/04/23 Letter sent to BALTFISH Presidency
BSAC recommendations concerning the development of offshore windfarms and fisheries interactions

The recommendations have been adopted on the 5th April 2023, sent 11th April 2023.

The BSAC Ecosystem Based Management Working Group, at its meetings held on 26th October 2022 and 17th February 2023, discussed the effects of offshore wind farms (OWF) on fisheries. The reports from these meetings are available on BSAC website. The recommendations were adopted by the BSAC ExCom through written procedure on 5th April 2023.
The BSAC recognises the importance of decarbonising the European energy system and the role of OWF in this endeavour. This political priority needs to follow strict guidance not to come at unbalanced expense of traditional activities such as commercial and recreational fisheries and livelihoods.
Commitments of the offshore wind farms renewable installation objectives are huge with regards to the Baltic Sea size and level of current activity at sea. Its specific conditions as a shallow and enclosed brackish sea with severely impacted ecosystems and poor environmental status also stresses the need for an even more precautionary approach to offshore windfarm developments.

The BSAC has formulated 5 consensus recommendations.

11/04/23 The recommendations Answer from the Commission
BSAC comments BALTFISH draft JR: Control of measures to prevent harbour porpoise bycatch

The BSAC membership was consultedon the draft Joint Recommendation, and we received comments from 5 members (detailed in the Annex of the letter).
The short deadline did not allow for a BSAC meeting dedicated to this topic.

24/03/23 BSAC letter and annex
BSAC comments on additional document for BALTFISH draft Joint Recommendation on Salmon LO derogation

BSAC comments on the additional document from the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) to complement BALTFISH draft Joint Recommendation regarding a derogation from the landing obligation in the Baltic Sea establishing a discard plan as regards salmon in the Baltic Sea (ICES Subdivisions 22-32)

The BSAC Executive Committee was consulted and asked if they wanted to raise further comments from the ones sent to BALTFISH on the 27th October 2022 on the same draft Joint Recommendation.

22/02/23 The BSAC sent a letter The BSAC attached input received from members organisations
InterAC Letter on COM support for AC work

Letter to the European Commission regarding support and promotion of the work of the ACs, co-signed by all Advisory Councils.

ExCom approved the letter and it was jointly sent on the 3rd February 2023.

03/02/23 The Letter

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