Overfishing threat to the Baltic Ecoregion

 / ©: Edward Parker / WWF Scotland
Bycatch of juvenile cod
© Edward Parker / WWF Scotland
Fishing is the main threat to Baltic fish stocks. Damaging fishing practices, high levels of by-catch, and illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing all lead to degradation of the ecosystem.
This has pushed the wild Baltic salmon and the Baltic cod populations to critically low numbers.

WWF's Baltic Ecoregion Program is working with governments, consumers and the fishing industry to promote sustainable fishing practices, establish no take zones and support economically viable fisheries through legislative and market incentives.

The Baltic Ecoregion Program is working to reform Baltic Sea fisheries towards sustainability and long term viability.

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