Below are the foundation´s various publications. BalticWaters monitors and writes about environmental policy issues related to the Baltic Sea in the Baltic Sea Briefs. Currently, most of the material is available in Swedish. Translated briefs will be published below.

Report: Are EU fisheries ministers breaking the law?

In a legal review of political decisions on fisheries in the Baltic Sea, we have analysed whether fisheries ministers were legally entitled to take the decision they did on 2024 fishing quotas – despite herring stocks being at alarmingly low levels.

Deep Dive: Herring Policy Across Borders – Sweden vs Finland

The researchers in Finland do not believe that a fishing ban on herring is necessary. Instead, they want to focus on combating eutrophication and improving coastal environments. Swedish researchers, on the other hand, are concerned about the high fishing pressure and advocate for a zero quota.

Baltic Sea Brief 57: A very worrying trend

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has published its advice for fishing in the Baltic Sea in 2024. Before analysing it, we want to highlight a very worrying trend: Three years ago,

Report: Improper and fraudulent fishery

BalticWaters’ new review shows that misreporting and illegal discards are widespread practices and that the regulatory framework and its application are seriously flawed.

Policy document: A unprofitable business to fish for feed

Today, large-scale industrial fishing is harvesting huge amounts of herring from the Baltic Sea,but only a fraction becomes food for humans. Of the 47,000 tonnes of herring and Baltic herringlanded in 2021, only 10 per cent

Response to the EU

In a consultation response, we highlight the changes necessary for the EU to achieve its sustainable fishing goals.

Baltic Sea Brief 38: Why Baltic fish are not protected

The fisheries policy and its loopholes.
The crisis in the Baltic Sea fish stocks is one of the most serious environmental problems facing the sea. Cod has collapsed, herring has declined dramatically, and several other important stocks are under threat. How can we let this happen?