• 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

  • Europe’s Declaration on Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

    20 Organisations sign declaration expressing serious concern about pharmaceuticals in the environment in the EU 17th November 2017 Brussels A group of twenty organisations – lead by Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe – today sent a Declaration to European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, expressing

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    CCB welcomes EU Commission proposal to ban fishing for eel in the Baltic Sea

    The European Eel is a critically endangered fish species with a dramatic stock size decline the past 30 years.  Conservation efforts have so far failed to deliver and scientific experts have repeatedly called for drastic management measures. Today the EU Commission presented a proposal to ban all fishing for eel

  • Learn more on Marine Litter and Microplastic Pollution

    Want to know more about Marine Litter and Microplastic Pollution of our seas, rivers and lakes? Take your chance and enroll to the #PlasticFreeBaltic online course on Marine Litter and Microplastic Pollution – first course of its kind in the #BalticSeaRegion! 7 thematic modules Certificate after successful completion From 1 September till 15 November

  • CCB requires that EIA on Nord Stream 2 Project addresses holistic and cumulative impacts on the Baltic Sea ecosystem

    CCB follows public hearings on Environmental Impact Assessment of the proposed Nord Stream 2 Project in transboundary context within the frame of Espoo Convention. Today, on 21 July, the hearings are held in Stralsund, Germany, following 4 days of national EIA hearings held under the German law. Our main point

  • CCB, WWF and Oceana call the EC to take into account environmental requirements in negotiations with Russia on the Nord Stream II project

    On Friday, 9 June 2017, WWF European Policy Office, WWF Baltic Ecoregion Programme, OCEANA Europe and the Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB), have jointly submitted a letter to Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete (DG ENER / DG CLIMA) and Commissioner Karmenu Vella (DG ENV / DG MARE), expressing our concerns with the proposed Nord Stream II

  • Save Kurgalskiy from Nord Stream II – sign the petition!

    Sign the petition to protect Kurgalskiy Peninsula and Nature Reserve that are under severe threat by the development plans of the Nord Stream II gas pipeline. The Kurgalskiy Nature Reserve, being established in 2000, is included in the network of HELCOM Baltic Sea Marine Protected Areas and RAMSAR Convention list

  • 2017 CCB Annual video contest

    A video contest with competition contributions from our member organizations and partners was held during 2017 CCB Annual Conference. The prize for 2017 CCB video contest was awarded to the Crayfish story by the Green Federation GAJA from Poland. The content of the videos should have been anything related to

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    CCB joins over 100 organsiations in call to uphold ban on subsidies for fishing vessels

    CCB and over 100 organisations across the EU ask all members of European parliament endorse the Fisheries Committee’s vote from March this year and express support for the 2014 Parliament position that maintained the ban on subsidies for the construction of new fishing vessels. A ban that has existed in

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    Nord Stream 2 considers route through nature reserve optimal

    The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology has provided its European counterparts with the report on Environmental Impact Assessment of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The document favours the option for routeing the gas pipeline through the unique Kurgalsky natural reserve. The  main route of the Nord Stream 2

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    Wetlands dramatically reduce micro plastic

    A new CCB study concludes that both waste water after treatments plants and storm water contains micro plastic particles. Testing the same water after it has passed through a constructed wetland show that considerable amounts are trapped in the wetland, regardless if the initial amounts were high or low. The

  • NGOs urge EU Parliament to remain firm against fisheries subsidies

    CCB together with more than 100 European Organisations call upon MEPs to support the 2014 Parliament position that maintained the ban on subsidies for the construction of new fishing vessels, which has existed in the EU since 2004. Reintroducing the opportunity to use subsidies for new fisheries vessel would undermine

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    Baltic-wide actions needed to reach SDG targets

    Today, high-level representatives of the HELCOM Contracting Parties will meet in Helsinki to discuss regional Baltic Sea contribution to conservation and sustainable use of the seas and marine resources by 2030. Actions related to eutrophication, marine litter and climate change will be given special focus in the discussion. On behalf

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    NGOs demand closure of western Baltic flatfish and cod bycatch fishery

    On Wednesday, in a letter to the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Mr Karmenu Vella, eight environmental NGOs request a closure of the western Baltic flatfish and cod bycatch fishery. The fishery for flatfish in the western Baltic was recently opened during the spawning season closure for

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    “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

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    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.

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    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,

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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,

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    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