Fisheries ministers once again turned a blind eye to achieve sustainable fisheries
“Once again we are reminded that the Member States are turning a blind eye to their legal commitment and choose to continue to overfish Baltic fish stocks, increasing pressure on vulnerable and depleted Baltic cod stocks.” says Ottilia Thoreson, Director of WWF Baltic Ecoregion Programme. “In addition, the fisheries ministers decided to remove some of the existing conservation measures for the Western Baltic cod like time closure, which may pose additional threat on this fragile stock.”
When both science and legal requirements are ignored, the decision makers are gambling with the future of Baltic Sea fish stocks, fishermen and coastal communities.
For more information, contact:
Ottilia Thoreson, Director, WWF Baltic Ecoregion Programme
Tel: +46-73 27 45 867
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