• Commission takes legal action against France, Spain and Sweden to protect marine mammals

    The European Commission has demanded today that France, Spain and Sweden take immediate action to prevent the needless deaths of dolphins and porpoises killed every year as bycatch in fishing nets.  The announcement follows a major intervention last year by a group of NGOs asking the European Commission to take legal action against 15 EU […]

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  • Lack of national political will is driving European seas to the brink

    Today, the European Commission published a report assessing the progress with the implementation of the EU’s Marine Directive [1], adopted in 2008. The report comes out just as the European Environment Agency paints a dire picture of the state of European seas in its new Marine report. Marine life, from seabed to sea birds, is […]

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  • Joint NGO recommendations on Baltic Sea fishing opportunities for 2021

    In October 2020, EU fisheries ministers will agree on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2021. As the deadline to end overfishing by 2020 at the latest as legally prescribed by Article 2(2) of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)[1] has passed, all fishing limits must be based on sustainable exploitation rates. Last year, ministers […]

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  • Baltic Sea Fish Stocks Remain in Crisis – NGOs Call for Closures of Herring and Cod stocks

    Brussels, 29 May 2020:- Responding to today’s publication of annual scientific advice for EU fishing limits for 2021 in the Baltic Sea by ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea), which finds important Baltic fish populations remain in a state of crisis, and the entire Baltic Sea ecosystem in very poor health [1], a […]

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  • Miljöorganisationer välkomnar vetenskapliga råd för att stoppa bifångster av den akut hotade Östersjötumlaren

    Sverige, 26 Maj 2020 – Forskare från ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) släppte idag vetenskapliga råd för att stoppa bifångster av tumlaren i Östersjön, och varnar för att EU-Kommissionen måste vidta omedelbara åtgärder för att skydda denna akut hotade population. Östersjötumlaren är akut utrotningshotad med bara några hundra individer kvar. Den […]

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  • NGOs welcome scientists’ advice to halt bycatch of endangered Baltic Proper harbour porpoise

    Scientists from the International Council for the Exploration (ICES) have published a landmark advice today, warning the European Commission that immediate action is needed to protect two critically vulnerable marine mammals. ICES has urged the Commission to introduce emergency measures to prevent the needless deaths of thousands of common dolphins in the Bay of Biscay […]

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  • CCB joins the Surfrider Foundation Europe´s campaign #DrillingIsKilling

    On the 20th of April 2010, the explosion of Deepwater Horizon, the deepest offshore oil platform, led to the biggest oil spill in human history. On the 10th anniversary of this catastrophe, Surfrider Foundation Europe, the European NGO devoted to protecting the Ocean, together with 21 partner NGOs from all over Europe, launches its campaign […]

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  • COVID19 – UPDATED Guidelines for CCB Network

    We have prepared the guidelines below for CCB Member Organizations and Observers following recent developments on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The guidelines apply to all CCB events until further notice, and will be reviewed weekly and revised as needed. If you have any questions, please contact the Secretariat at: secretariat@ccb.se Please note that the CCB […]

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  • Vacancy: Financial Manager/Controller to join the CCB International Secretariat

    We are looking for a full time Financial Manager/Controller to join the team at the CCB International Secretariat in Uppsala, Sweden. This position will play a critical role in the CCB International Secretariat’s conservation work, with an emphasis on the flow of financial resources in the Secretariat and to the 24 NGO partner organizations advocating […]

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  • NGOs urge Baltic countries to speed up commitments to the Baltic Sea Action Plan

    Helsinki, 3 March 2020 – This week at the HELCOM Stakeholder Conference and High-level Meeting [1], Coalition Clean Balic and the WWF Baltic Ecoregion Programme presented a joint ‘Shadow Plan’ [2] in response to the ongoing Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) update process [3]. The Shadow Plan contains recommended actions across all themes addressed by […]

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  • The Baltic Shadow Plan: for the future of the Baltic Sea

    This shadow plan presents NGO requests to HELCOM for the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) update. The Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) adopted in 2007, by the Helsinki Convention, had the goal to restore the Baltic marine environment to a good ecological status by 2021. However, the nine Baltic Sea Countries are nowhere near achieving […]

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  • 109 Organizations Around the Globe Urge World Leaders to Reach a WTO Deal to Help Save Our Ocean

    This June, governments around the world must fulfil their commitment to curb the public money that supports overfishing and degrades our ocean. After nearly two decades of negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO), now is the moment for leaders to act to end harmful fisheries subsidies. Ahead of the WTO’s Ministerial Conference, which is […]

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  • Blue Manifesto – The Roadmap to a Healthy Ocean in 2030

    More than 100 environmental organisations, led by Seas At Risk, BirdLife Europe, ClientEarth, Oceana, Surfrider Foundation Europe and WWF launched the “Blue Manifesto”. The rescue plan lays out concrete actions which must be delivered by set dates in order to turn the tide on the ever-degraded and polluted ocean and coastlines. To be successful, change […]

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  • Ten actions on our Christmas “wishlist” to ensure Ministers deliver a concrete plan to save the Baltic Sea

    As the end of the year approaches, children and adults alike, will be writing their wish lists in the hopes that they might get a present on Christmas Eve. We, the Coalition Clean Baltic and WWF Baltic Ecoregion Programme, have a special wish this year: a Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) with a focus on […]

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  • 4,500+ scientists call on European Commission to defend the EU water law

    Brussels, 6 December 2019 – Scientists and academics concerned by the dire state of European rivers, lakes and wetlands have released a statement calling on the EU to fully implement and enforce its own water law – the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) – in order to halt and reverse the catastrophic decline in the […]

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  • EU Commission misses opportunity to halt dolphin and porpoise deaths this winter

    The European Commission said today that it will not take emergency measures this winter to tackle the tragic death of dolphins caught in fishing nets. Last winter, around 1200 cetaceans – almost all identified as common dolphins – washed ashore along the French Atlantic coast. 85 percent of these dolphins died after being caught up in […]

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  • CCB´s comment to Ministers’ decision on TACs for the Baltic Sea

    CCB´s comment to Ministers’ decision on TACs for the Baltic Sea – Better than expected, but the major failure is the missing link between cod and main pray sprat The annual policy cycle for setting fishing limits for the 2020 fishing year in the Baltic is concluded. The Commission’s TAC (Total Allowable Catch) proposal, this […]

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  • Support and criticism for Commission proposal for Baltic Sea fishing 2020

    Helsinki, 4 Sept 2019 – Environmental NGOs The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, Coalition Clean Baltic and the Fisheries Secretariat welcome the fact that the European Commission proposal for fishing opportunities for 2020 in the Baltic Sea follows scientific advice for the majority of the Baltic Sea fish stocks. However, NGOs strongly question the proposals […]

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  • CCB joined the Ocean Call for G7

    We have joined and signed the Ocean Call, which carries the voice and the commitments of more than 50 organizations mobilized for the ocean alongside Surfrider Foundation Europe. We, the representatives of civil society, stand together as Ocean defenders and call on the Group of Seven to treat ocean protection as a priority during the […]

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  • Experts call to check actual environmental losses from laying Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    Greenpeace Russia prepares an appeal to the Prosecutor’s Office with a request to examine new facts of environmental damage caused by laying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline through Kurgalskiy Nature Reserve in Leningrad Oblast of Russia. The appeal is based on the conclusions by the experts of the V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute of the […]

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  • Groups call on the European Commission to take action over huge number of cetacean deaths

    Thousands of dolphins, porpoises and whales die in European waters, due to accidental capture in fisheries nets (bycatch). Today 21 environmental NGOs [1], led by Seas At Risk, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, ClientEarth and Coalition Clean Baltic, jointly called [2] on the European Commission to adopt emergency measures to immediately prevent further deaths and take […]

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  • Joint NGO recommendations on Baltic Sea fishing opportunities for 2020

    1. Executive Summary In October 2019, EU fisheries ministers will agree on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2020. This will be the final Council meeting where fisheries ministers have the opportunity to end overfishing of Baltic Sea species by 2020, as is legally required by the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)*(1) . The following […]

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  • Calls for Emergency Halt to Baltic Fishing

    Brussels May 29, 2019:- Responding to scientific advice that a number of important Baltic fish populations are in a state of crisis and cannot be fished sustainably, four non-governmental organisations have demanded a halt to fishing for western Baltic herring and eastern Baltic cod for 2020 – and to end overfishing, as is required by […]

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  • Towards a new plan, for CCB and the Baltic Sea

    The CCB Board Meeting (16-17/05), Annual Conference (18/05) and Extraordinary General Meeting (19/05) were held in Baltezers, Latvia, at Baltvilla Hotel. The Board Meeting addressed important issues, including the approval of: CCB Annual Report and Summary Annual Report 2018 CCB Travel Policy List of actions/activities for the EU LIFE Application 2020-2021 The theme of CCB’s […]

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  • Joint NGOs letter to the WTO ambassadors

    Excellency: This year will be pivotal for the world’s ocean. We urge you to fulfil the December 2017 ministerial mandate for WTO members to agree to “comprehensive and effective disciplines that prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies that contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, and eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing” by […]

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  • Eastern Baltic cod stock has collapsed – NGOs call to immediately close fishing of Eastern Baltic cod

    Responding to the release of an alarming new report by international fisheries scientists that Eastern Baltic Cod is at a critically low level, NGOs – Coalition Clean Baltic, Deutsche Umwelthilfe, Oceana, Our Fish, and WWF –are calling on the fisheries ministers of all EU Baltic member states to immediately close the fishery. Scientists and researchers have […]

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  • Vacancy: Marine senior policy officer at the Danish Society for Nature Conservation

    The Danish Society for Nature Conservation wish to employ a skilled senior policy officer experienced in international marine policy and management Over the course of the coming three years, the Danish Society for Nature Conservation, funded by the VE-LUX Foundation, will be intensifying its focus on the marine environment, both politically and publicly. Po-litically, through […]

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  • Real actions, not ´realistic´ wishes – a recipe for an updated Baltic Sea Action plan

    On 6-7 March high-level representatives will meet at the 40th Meeting of the Helsinki Commission.On this occasion, CCB is grateful to share the concerns of civil society organizations and almost a million individual members of CCB´s network around the Baltic Sea. Our concerns are connected with continuous and increasing violations of the fundamental principles and […]

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  • More garbage caught than cod: NGOs call for emergency measures to protect Eastern Baltic cod

    NGOs in the Baltic Sea Region have sent an urgent letter to the European Commissioner in charge of Environment Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, urging him to implement emergency measures in accordance with article 12 (1) of the EU Common Fisheries Policy to protect what little remains of the eastern Baltic cod stock. This stock has shown […]

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  • Save #OurBlueLung – 20 measures for clean and healthy seas by 2020

    With little more than a year until the deadline, all countries of the European Union are failing on their legal obligation to ‘take all necessary measures to achieve Good Environmental Status of EU seas by 2020’ (Marine Directive, Article 1(1)). In August, the European Commission itself stated that we are unlikely to achieve Good Environmental […]

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  • Vacancy: International Coordinator/Administrative Officer

    The International Secretariat of the Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB), a grass-root environmental NGO network for the Baltic Sea Region, is now seeking for a new colleague to join the team as an International Coordinator/Administrative Officer. Being an international organization CCB’s work is carried out in English and we expect you to submit your application accordingly. […]

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  • A joint NGO proposal to EU Ministers regarding European eel

    On December 17th and 18th 2018 the EU Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH) will decide on fishing opportunities for 2019 and will address measures for critically endangered European eel. ICES has yet again repeated their advice that: “all anthropogenic impacts (e.g. caused by recreational and commercial fishing on all stages, hydropower, pumping stations, and pollution) that decrease […]

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  • WWF Sweden, SSNC and CCB call upon Swedish government to stop fishing for eels

    WWF Sweden, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) and Coalition Clean Baltic urges the Swedish government to ban eel fishing in the EU. The European eel is a critically endangered species with a dramatic stock size decline the past 30 years. As stated in ICES advice on 7th November 2018, “the status of eel remains critical” […]

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  • Urgent political will needed to halt European marine habitat neglect

    Environmental organisations call for real measures in areas protected on paper ClientEarth, Coalition Clean Baltic, Oceana, Seas at Risk and WWF warn that marine life across Europe is being harmed because member states are neglecting to actively manage marine protected areas. This puts at risk much of the biodiversity within the marine Natura 2000 network […]

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  • EU ministers fail to help the Baltic cod but helped the salmon

    Yesterday the EU ministers agreed to setting total allowable catches (TACs) for the main fish stocks in the Baltic Sea. Yet again, both Commission and Member States fail to understand the crisis for the cod and set a TAC at least 44% over scientific advice. In fact they even set the TAC 33% higher than […]

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  • Joint NGO recommendations on Baltic Sea fishing opportunities for 2019

    In October 2018, EU fisheries ministers are scheduled to agree on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2019. The following text outlines the joint NGO recommendations on Baltic Sea fishing opportunities for 2019 in the context of EU fisheries legislation, scientific advice on catch limits and the sharing of stocks with third countries. Read […]

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  • Nord Stream 2 AG has confirmed presence of “additional” 4 redlisted plant species within the proposed route of its gas pipeline across Kurgalsky Nature Reserve, in the Leningrad Region of Russia

    In its official press-release from June 25, 2018 published only in Russian in Zug (Switzerland) and Saint Petersburg (Russia), the Nord Stream 2 AG, the developer of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea, has confirmed presence of so called “additional” protected plant species within the proposed route of the pipeline across Kurgalsky […]

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  • CCB position on grey seals in the Baltic Sea

    The grey seal count for 2017 in the Baltic Sea was above 30 000 individuals. According to the IUCN, the counted animals are thought to be 60-80% of the total population, given that not all seals are on land during the count. Even before the Second World War, the size of the Baltic grey seal population […]

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  • CCB supports the joint call on the European anti-fraud office to open a formal investigation about electric fishing

    CCB has signed the joint formal request, lead by the Bloom Association, to the European Anti Freud Office (known as OLAF from the French “Office européen de lutte antifraude”) to conduct an investigation into whether fraud has occurred in relation to the Dutch electric trawl fishery. Electric fishing is one of the worst fishing practice and […]

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  • CCB position on the Sweden approval for the Nord Stream II

    On 7 June 2018, the Swedish Government has granted a permit to the Nord Stream 2 AG for laying two natural gas pipelines on the continental shelf within the Swedish economic zone in the Baltic Sea. The permit contains number of conditions that the company has to comply with, as outlined in the attached unofficial […]

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  • Baltic Sea still blighted by illegal discarding and overfishing

    Our Fish and CCB Press release: One-half cut in quota for eastern Baltic cod proposed Western Baltic cod under safe biological limits and illegal discarding of undersize fish doubled Western spring spawning herring catch should be zero Up to 100% of undersized plaice being discarded Copenhagen, 31 May 2018:- Responding to reports on Baltic fish […]

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  • CCB is looking for a new Financial/Administrative Officer

    We are currently searching for a new colleague to join the team at the CCB International Secretariat as Financial Manager/Controller and Administrative Officer. Being an international organization CCB’s work is carried out in English and we expect you to submit your application accordingly. As a primary task, being the Financial Officer/Controller, You will be responsible […]

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  • New impulse for the CCB work in 2018-2019

    The CCB Board Meeting (19-20/04), the Annual Conference (20-21/04) and the General Meeting (22/04) were held in Zelenogradsk (Kaliningrad region), Russia. The theme of the 2018 Annual Conference was #IamtheBaltic, with focus on personal responsibility and inputs to the protection of the Baltic Sea. Agenda of the event consisted of: Group discussions on the plans […]

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  • Call to action for the EU countries: 3 steps to restore our seas by 2020

    Despite the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD, 2008), most EU countries are a long way off in achieving their targets to protect and restore our seas to healthy status by 2020. The lack of progress is still in many areas such as overfishing, land-made pollution (plastics and contaminants) and marine protected areas (less than […]

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  • The turning point for saving the Baltic Sea is now

    The action plan linked to the ecosystem approach which the Helsinki convention (HELCOM) agreed upon in 2007 is at risk. The progress of the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP) has slowed down and most of the problems that were identified 40 years ago are still there. The CCB network of environmental NGOs calls upon the […]

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  • Recreational fishing in Baltic region

    Recreational fishing is a very large sector in the Baltic region to consider both from a value point of view as well as potential impacts. Around 10 percent of the population in the catchment enjoy spending time at or on the water and these citizens are important stakeholders and bearers of responsibility for our waters, […]

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  • Do not believe Nord Stream 2: help us saving Kurgalskiy Peninsula!

    On 6 February 2018, Nord Stream 2 AG will be hosting in Geneva a Round Table on the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for the Kurgalsky Nature Reserve. Why in Geneva? Apparently, because the company wants to impress the Secretariat of the Convention  on Wetlands of International Importance especially as waterfowl habitat (Ramsar Convention) and the International Union of […]

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  • CCB looking for Communications officer

    Coalition Clean Baltic is now looking for a Communications officer to fill a new full time position from the beginning of April 2018. We are currently updating our communication profile, including outreach channels and visual appearance, and aiming to enhance the quality of our communication efforts. In this context we are very excited to be […]

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  • Public Environmental Assessment of the Nord Stream 2: the project should not be given permission for implementation due to numerous deficiencies and noncompliance with the law

    On Monday, 15 January 2018, the results and conclusions of the Public Environmental Assessment, an independent expert review of the project documentation, including the Environmental Impact Assessment and mitigation measures, were presented at the press-conference in St. Petersburg, Russia. Public Environmental Assessment was initiated and performed in accordance with Russian Federal Law on Environmental Expertise […]

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  • 20 NGOs call upon EU ministers to explain what they will do to protect the eel

    The eel is critically endangered. The EU Commission has proposed to ban EU marine catches of adult eels to increase possibilities for more mature fish to reach the spawning grounds in Sargasso sea. In a joint letter, 20 NGOs now ask the EU fishery ministers what they will do in addition to stopping the fishery […]

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