• Sweden designates large Natura 2000 area for the Baltic Sea harbour porpoise

    As an early Christmas present to the harbour porpoises of the Baltic Sea, the Swedish government recently announced that a large Natura 2000 site will be designated for harbour porpoises in the Baltic Proper. With more than 1 million hectares this is the largest marine area ever proposed by Sweden

  • The Swedish government is looking to reduce plastic in the Sea

    During 2017, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) will investigate if more cosmetic products should be included in a ban on plastic microparticles. KEMI has previously suggested a ban on plastic microparticles in cosmetic products that are rinsed off, such as shower creams and toothpaste. Now, the government asks the Agency

  • Denmark stands alone in defiance against Baltic Sea marine protection agreement

          PRESS RELEASE: Stockholm and Helsinki 19 December 2016 Denmark threatened to effectively stop progress on a key Baltic Sea regional initiative during the HELCOM Head of Delegation meeting which took place on 14-15 December in Helsinki. This process, prioritized by the EU who is currently chairing HELCOM

  • CCB and MIO-ECDE join forces to promote marine litter monitoring in the Baltic Sea

    Some 18 NGO representatives from 8 countries, namely Belarus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden, were brought together in a two-day workshop on marine litter monitoring. The workshop was organized from 2-3 November 2016 in Gdansk (Poland) by the Coalition Clean Baltic in collaboration with the Polish Ecological

  • Joint NGO position on Baltic Sea internal loading

    Baltic environmental NGOs, represented by Coalition Clean Baltic network consisting of 18 grass-root organizations from 11 countries in the Baltic Sea catchment and the WWF Baltic Ecoregion Programme forwarded for consideration of HELCOM Contracting Parties a joint statement regarding the issue of internal load in the Baltic Sea. Some of

  • “Our Common Baltic” Summer Course successfully completed

    The CCB Summer Course Our Common Baltic took place at Hel Marine Station in Poland in July 2016. 17 participants from eight countries participated and contributed greatly to making the course very successful. You can read more here.

  • The New Baltic Fisheries Management plan is now EU Law

    On July 20th, the new fisheries management plan for sprat, herring and cod became active EU law and thereby removed the old cod plan and amending the existing Technical regulation from 2005. CCB has been engaged in this new management plan from the start, even before the initial proposal was

  • Urgent action needed for Lithuanian rivers

    A proposal to amend the Lithuanian Water Act and Law of Protected areas threatens two of the last rivers in Europe with open fish migratory pathways, Nemunas and Neris, home to populations of wild salmon, trout and sturgeon as well as the endangered European eel. In 2004, the Lithuanian Parliament

  • CCB General Meeting

    CCB held its biannual general meeting in Lviv, Ukraine on 20th-22nd of May 2016. A work plan for coming years was agreed upon and a new CCB board was elected. CCB also got two new members accepted at the general meeting, one from Latvia and one from Belarus. See CCBs

  • Western cod stock crisis

    ICES released the latest catch advice for Baltic fish stocks on May 31st. There are several worrying signs but by far the most dramatic is the situation for the western cod stock in areas west of Bornholm. ICES is advising to reduce commercial catches by  89% compared to last years

  • CCB letter to Commisioner Vella about eel

    In April 2016 CCB sent a letter to the Commission pointing to the illegal catches of eel but also questioning the legal fishery on an endangered species and if the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) goal of fishing at MSY applies to eel. CCB has gotten a response from the Commission explaining

  • Ministers: uphold your responsibilities on marine protection

    CCB has joined a group of NGOs  (Greenpeace, Oceana, WWF, Swedish and Danish Societies for Nature conservation, Swedish and Danish Anglers Associations, Living Sea and Fisheries Secretariat) and written an open letter to the ministers in Denmark and Sweden asking them to uphold the existing closed areas in the Kattegatt.

  • Source: HELCOM, photo by Samuli Korpinen

    EU auditors call for further and more effective action on Baltic Sea eutrophication

    A report from the European Court of Auditors evaluating the work on combatting eutrophication in the Baltic Sea states that actions and funding so far has had limited effects and that further and more effective action is needed. The auditors found that Member States’ plans lack ambition and appropriate indicators.

  • Multiannual plan for Baltic Fish stocks concluded

    The 15th of March, European Parliament, the Council and the Commission finally agreed on a new management plan for the main commercial fish stocks in the Baltic Sea. CCB and many other NGOs have worked hard to present our views on what is needed to safeguard the stocks in the

  • CCB team took part in HELCOM Stakeholder Conference on Marine Litter

    HELCOM invited a wide array of stakeholders to announce – or reiterate – their commitment for combating marine litter in the Baltic Sea under recently adopted Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter at a Stakeholder Conference, held on 9 March 2016 back-to-back with HELCOM 37-2016. Key focus of the Conference was to strengthen and broaden

  • Press release from Green World, Russian NGO

    Press release Sosnovy Bor – St. Petersburg, Russia, December 2, 2015 Non-governmental non-profit environmental charitable organisation, member of the Coalition Clean Baltic, member of the International NGOs Decommissioning Network Registered in the Justice Department of Leningrad Oblast January 31,1997, registration number 605, P.O. Box 68/7, Sosnovy Bor 188544, Leningrad Oblast,

  • PRESS RELEASE: Global temperature increases: an alarming scenario for the Baltic Sea

    1 December 2015, Uppsala, Sweden Global temperature increases: an alarming scenario for the Baltic Sea Prior to the opening of the 2015 UN Conference on Climate Change, Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB) calls for immediate climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in the Baltic Sea Region, based on the findings of

  • International Seminar on Land Based Aquaculture Systems

    Last week, on 11-12th of November, in cooperation, Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB), Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management and the Swedish Board of Agriculture hosted an international seminar on Land-Based Aquaculture and best available technologies (BAT) in Stockholm. Moderators were Ellen Bruno

  • Debating Baltic Sea eutrophication

    In a joint reply to a debate article published in Svenska Dagbladet 27/8 a group of scientists and experts, including Coalition Clean Baltic´s member organization WWF Sweden, argue that sea-based measurements against eutrophication in the Baltic Sea should not be seen as a “miracle remedy” for the Baltic Sea and

  • Open letter to Russian authorities and HELCOM

    Open letter addressing Russian authorities and HELCOM with regards to an alarming situation around Kurgalskiy Nature Reserve at the coastline of the Gulf of Finland. The letter addresses the situation, which mainly concerns conflicts between nature protection goals, large infrastructure projects and urban planning of the coastal area in the

  • Demand EU to stop eel fishing

    28 environmental organizations demand that the EU Commission will stop all eel fishing in Europe along with other needed action to halt the human induced eel mortality until the stock has reached sustainable levels. Even though the European Eel (Anguilla Anguilla) is listed as ´critically endangered´ by International Union for

  • Recykling kayaking – protecting the Baltic Sea

    The Recycling kayaking is under the patronage of the Coalition Clean Baltic Mr Dominik Dobrowolski, a famous Polish ecologist, has been canoeing and cleaning up rivers for many years now. His main objective is to protect rivers and the Baltic sea from pollution. His initiative is well-known and appreciated by

  • Our Common Baltic summer course 2015

    The CCB summer course, ”Our Common Baltic, OCB,” takes place this year at Hel Marine Station 9-14 September. Hel Marine Station is situated on the top of the beautiful Hel peninsula in Poland. Hel has boat connection with Gdynia during summertime. Read more and look at the draft programme here

  • Solutions for Polish and Baltic Eutrophication

    On April 17th 2015, in Warsaw, the Polish Ecological Club together with the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering organized a seminar on “Solutions for Polish and Baltic Eutrophication (problems) – Low-Nutrient Surplus Agriculture and Sustainable Waste Management”. The main goal of the seminar – which was introduced by Maria

  • International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise

    Baltic Harbour Porpoise Needs Protection The Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) is the only species of cetacean native to the Baltic Sea. It is estimated to consist of approximately 450 animals and is classified by the Swedish Species Information Centre (Artdatabanken) to be critically endangered. Porpoises are also listed in the

  • Youth Declaration on the Protection of the Gulf of Finland

    After studying specific features of the Gulf, current problems and possible ways to solve those problems, schoolchildren from Russia, Finland and Estonia developed a declaration that was adopted on 27 July 2014 in Helsinki: We believe that the Gulf of Finland is exposed to a high human-caused load and that

  • CCB seminar on Industrial Animal Farming

    CCB organized a seminar on Industrial Animal Farming on March 31st in Vilnius. CCBs work has been made possible with support from EU and the Nordic Council of Ministers. Following are the presentations of the participants: Jakub Skorupski – CCB Report on Industrial Livestock Farming in the Baltic Sea Region

  • New facts on harbour porpoise

    CCB has made a new brochure containing fresh scientific data on the amount -and location of Baltic harbour porpoises. The situation for the local population of porpoises is critical and measures to further protect them are badly needed. The Marine Strategy Framework Directive is together with the Habitat Directive is

  • New CCB Report on Industrial Livestock Farming

    The CCB project report on Industrial Livestock Farming  – Environmental Protection Context in the Baltic Sea catchment area is now available on-line. The report contain information on overall characteristics of the industrial farm sector in the Baltic Sea Region, an inventory of existing industrial livestock farms (with a size that

  • Coalition of NGO demands effective measures to reach MFSD goals

    A large coalition of NGOs including CCB has produced a statement with clear demands on improved commitment and ambition in Member States implementation of the MSFD. The final stages of implementing the Directive is now under way and the Program of Measures is central to both reaching the already set

  • CCB options for a new multispecies management plan for Baltic fish stocks

    CCB has together with Fisheries Secretariat developed a position paper on what we consider important aspects to include in a new ecosystem-based multispecies management plan for the Baltic Sea. In principle, we support multi-species management but such a plan must consider broad biological interactions. Discussions and proposals from various actors

  • Legal implications Natura 2000 and Common Fishery Policy (CFP)

    An ongoing discussion in EU is how to solve legal conflicts within the EU legislation, not least between environmental legislation and policies such as agriculture and fisheries. CCB has tried to summarize a few of the main issues regarding N2000 and fisheries management in a short paper. The topic is

  • The Baltic Harbour Porpoise more widely distributed than previously known

    CCB has produced a new brochure on the problems and needs of the Baltic harbour porpoise population. It is crucial that all Member states that has the porpoise in its waters take full responsibility to protect the porpoise and and introduce both monitoring and measures within the framework of the MSFD,

  • CCB statement on sustainable aquaculture

    CCB has developed a joint paper on what NGOs think are relevant requirements on sustainable aquaculture in the Baltic Region. The Baltic Sea cannot sustain more operations that add to nutrient enrichment. CCB belives that several key problems, well known from Norwegian examples, must be solved before any more small

  • CCB position paper on sustainable aquaculture in the Baltic Sea region

    CCB member organisations has worked together to create a statement on what the potential and limits to growth the aquaculture sector has in our region. Proper risk management and not jeopardizing existing goals in legislation such as CFP, MSFD and HELCOMs BSAP are important elements. To keep pushing for new

  • CCB report on Baltic EU Member States implementation of MSFD

    The MSFD is an important EU legislation for our seas. If fully and coherently implemented, MSFD can be a powerful tool to monitor and improve EU seas and the Baltic Sea in particular. CCB has during 2013 worked on a joint project to review the Baltic Member States implementation of

  • Seminar “Reducing Nutrient Runoff from Large-Scale Animal Production in the Baltic Sea Region”

    On December 6, 2013, in Warsaw, Poland, Coalition Clean Baltic, together with Green Federation Gaja, Baltic Manure and the Department of Genetics and Animal Breeding of the WestPomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, organized the Seminar “Reducing nutrient runoff from large-scale animal production in the Baltic Sea Region”. More than

  • Polish Illegal Salmon Fishing: Reduced Quota for 2014

    Documented illegal salmon fishing occurs in Poland and the European Commission have now decided to reduce their quota for 2014. As reported by the European Commission on November 29th, 2013, A Commission Regulation providing for a reduction of the annual salmon quota allocated to Poland was issued to recover salmon

  • Seminar “Common Agricultural Policy for 2014-2020: Challenges and perspectives in implementing environmental commitment “

    To prepare CCB´s participatin in the EUSBSR Annual Forum 2013, Gunnar Norén (CEO of CCB) and Maria Staniszewska (Polish Ecological Club) participated first at the seminar Agricultural Policy 2014-2020: challenges and perspectives in implementing environmental commitment. The seminar was held in Vilnius, Lithuania, one day before the Annual Forum. It was

  • Concerns before European Parliament plenary vote on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)

    On October 14-15, representatives from environmental NGOs, students and a Swedish commercial fisherman met in Brussels to do lobby work related to the European Parliament (EP) plenary vote (on October 23) on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). The lobbying event was organised by Pew Environment Group and the

  • Race To Save the Baltic Campaign 2013

    CCB together with the NGOs FISH and OCEANA with support from Zennstrom Philantropies now launch a campaign targeting the decision-makers in the Baltic Sea region. One of the campaign aims is to gather public support for proper implementation of the policies we already have. Our message is: We have agreed on the targets. Now we call

  • Helcom Ministerial Declaration 2013: Environmental ministers severely delay deadlines to restore the Baltic Sea

    Today, Baltic Sea Environmental Ministers signed a HELCOM Ministerial Declaration, reviewing the progress on targets agreed in the 2007 HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP), in Copenhagen , Denmark . The environmental NGOs, Coalition Clean Baltic, FISH and Oceana, welcome the Ministers’ agreement to continue to fully implement the BSAP

  • Wavering commitments threaten the restoration of the Baltic Sea

    Over the past two days, government representatives met in Copenhague, Denmark, to review progress against the targets in the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP). Conservation NGOs, Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB), FISH and Oceana are dissapointed by the lack of action and the hesitation to recommit to targets and review the deadlines.

  • Diverging views between governments put the future of the Baltic Sea in jeopardy

    Baltic Sea Environment Ministers will put pen to paper and sign the review of the Baltic Sea Action Plan in less than a month. Surprisingly, Sweden seems to be blocking any real progress, changing positions on a number of key issues.This week, representatives from the Baltic Sea countries met in

  • Letter to Ministers – HELCOM

    Until tomorrow the Helcom Heads on Delegation meeting is taking place in Copenhaguen. This meeting gathers key actors of the Baltic Sea Region and it aims to prepare the HELCOM Ministerial meeting on 3 October. Taking place in the discussion, Coalition Clean Baltic together with The Fish Secretariat and Oceana sent

  • The company CSC “Saerimner” trying to establish new large pig-farms in Lithuania and get renewed permit, with help of false information

    An IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) permit was renewed on the basis of false information about the distance between the place of the construction and the local housing areas. The company tried to avoid consultation with neighbouring citizens, but a court of appeal stopped the permit. Such examples show

  • Wild salmon in Venta river , Latvia– a weak stock that need better management

    2/3 of all Baltic salmon river populations are threatened. Venta river is one of the 10 wild salmon rivers in Latvia. It is a weak salmon population that need much better management to become stronger, but effective actions are missing so far. A strong Venta salmon population can become an

  • Helcom Heads of Delegation Meeting, 17-18 June 2013, Helsinki, Finland.

    Helcom Heads of Delegation meeting, preparing for the decisions for Baltic Sea region environmnetal minsters in October, was not very encouraging. Governments did not show strong interest to fully implement the actions for Baltic Sea environment protection that was decided on in 2007. Some countries rather seem to try to

  • The practical implementation Ecological Recycling Agriculture on the Baltic Sea catchment area helps solve Europhication problem

    Agriculture is the single most important contributor to the euthrophication of the Baltic Sea. It’s responsible for 59% of the anthropogenic nitrogen and 56% of the phosphorous emissions (HELCOM 2005). The specialized agriculture with its separation of crop and animal production results in a high load of nitrogen and phosphorus

  • CCB Annual Conference Baltic 2013 & CCB General Meeting, 17-19 May 2013, Tallinn, Estonia

    The CCB Annual Conference Baltic 2013 and CCB General Meeting was held in Tallinn, Estonia, between 17-19 May 2013. CCB Annual Conference 2013 focused on: Aquaculture: Development and sustainability in the Baltic Sea Region Presentations were conducted by several actors coming from Aquabest, the Estonian Ministry of Agriculture-Fisheries department, Aquafima