Following a submission of two reports from 26 European environmental
non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to the European Commission (DG MARE)
concerning the introduction of emergency measures to mitigate bycatch of common
dolphins in the Bay of Biscay and harbour porpoises in the Baltic Sea, ICES
established the Workshop on Emergency Measures to mitigate BYCatch of harbour
porpoise in the Baltic Sea and common dolphin in the Bay of Biscay (WKEMBYC).
WKEMBYC was tasked to build on the work conducted by WGMME and WGBYC to assess
the emergency measures proposed by the NGOs, explore alternative measures, and
suggest emergency measures that are necessary to ensure a satisfactory
conservation status of these stocks.