The North Sea Advisory Council are stakeholders in a number of scientific projects including DiscardLess and MareFrame. The NSAC is keen to collaborate with scientists to improve understanding around social, environmental and economic issues concerning North Sea fisheries, and to facilitate communication between the fishing industry and the scientific community.

If you are seeking project partners, please contact the NSAC Secretariat to discuss your project and how it might align with our work plan.

NSAC Conference on the future of CFP – 12 September, Edinburgh

On the 12th of September, NSAC is organizing a conference on the Future of the CFP, focused on overlooked, not fully implemented, or ignored fisheries management aspects. NSAC Conference on the future of the CFP“QUO VADIS, CFP? A North Sea perspective...

European Offshore Spaceport – Test launches in the North Sea

GOSA (German Offshore Space Alliance), was planning rocket launches from a floating platform in the North Sea in the summer of 2024 but had to postpone the project. Currently, no launch activities are foreseen.  Here you will find all the pertinent...

EMD workshop: EU Advisory Councils: Stakeholder engagement in policymaking for healthy and productive fisheries and aquatic ecosystems – 30 May 2024, Svendborg

This year’s European Maritime Days will feature Advisory Councils’ workshop titled ‘EU Advisory Councils: Stakeholder engagement in policymaking for healthy and productive fisheries and aquatic ecosystems’. This is a significant signal from the EU Commission not only in terms of visibility...

NSAC/EAPO Symposium on Innovative Fishing – 7 March 2024, Brussels

On 7 March 2024, the NSAC together with the European Association of Producer Organisations (EAPO) organised a symposium on innovative fishing in the EU, addressing the regulatory, technical and scientific barriers to innovation. NSAC/EAPO Symposium on Innovative Fishing“Precision-fishing: reimagining bottom-trawling through...

EFCA/NSAC Workshop on the control of the Landing Obligation

The joint workshop of the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) and the NSAC discussed control and evaluation of the landing obligation in the North Sea region. Time: 17 January, 9.00 CET Location: Copenhagen

Joint NWWAC/NSAC/MAC Workshop on Brown Crab

On May 16 2023 the North Western Waters AC, the North Sea AC & the Market AC jointly organised a hybrdid (in Paris and online) workshop on Brown Crab management. The workshop was joined by representatives from the EU Commission, from...

NSAC Workshop on Marine Spatial Planning and Stakeholder Engagement – 3 May 2023, Brussels

As stakes and claims of different marine actors in the North Sea increase, the fisheries sector finds itself in the so-called spatial squeeze. In its quest to reconcile food and energy security and ecosystem conservation, EU MSP aims to ensure all...

NWWAC/NSAC Workshop on Skates and Rays management

The North Western Waters AC and the North Sea AC jointly organised an in-person workshop on the management of skates & rays on 9 February at the Albert Borschette Congres Centre in Brussels. Registration: https://www.nwwac.org/listing/nwwacnsac-wokshop-on-skates-rays-management.4066.html Programme: NWWAC/NSAC Workshop Skates and Rays management...

NSAC Landing Obligation Workshop – 17-18 January 2023, Brussels

NSAC Workshop on the functioning of the Landing Obligation took place on 17-18 January 2023 in Brussels (NH Berlaymont hotel). The workshop featured a variety of stakeholders within and external to the NSAC (fisheries stakeholders, Member States, managers, technology experts etc.)...

NSAC Webinar North Sea Fisheries and Climate Change

NSAC Webinar on North Sea Fisheries and Climate Change , took place on Wednesday, 7 December 2022, 10.00-12.30 CET, online. This webinar was organised under the auspices of NSAC Climate change Focus Group and aimed to explore climate-ocean nexus implications for...

Blue Bio Cofund Foresight Workshop

BlueBio Cofund Foresight Workshop is aimed at determining future scenarios and establishing a coordinated R&D funding scheme strengthening Europe’s position in the blue bioeconomy. The first co-funded call was launched 17 December 2018. The COFUND partners have committed EUR 23,5 million,...

SEAwise: Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management

NEW WORKSHOP DATE: 7th March 2022 10.00 to 12.00 CET. The aim of the workshop is to get your input on what kind of advice you think would be key to a (more) ecosystem based approach to North Sea fisheries management...

Webinar: Blockchain in the Seafood Supply Chain – 2 December 2021

On 2 December, from 14:00-17:30 CET, the North Sea Advisory Council (NSAC), the Market Advisory Council (MAC), and the North Western Waters Advisory Council (NWWAC), organised a webinar on “Blockchain and other new technologies for the transmission of traceability information and...

CIBBRiNA EU LIFE Bycatch project proposal

The goal of CIBBRiNA LIFE project is to achieve EU cross-border cooperation and fisheries engagement to establish regional monitoring programmes to achieve a steep change in the reliability of bycatch estimates and further develop, test, and implement effective mitigation measures for...

OR ELSE ecosystem-based sand extraction Project Proposal

Sand and gravel are amongst the most extracted resources worldwide, exceeding fossil fuels and biomass. Large-scale marine sand extraction leads to important ecosystem effects through changes in flows and sediments, and physical disturbance of benthic habitats. Changes in connectivity between  pawning...

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