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Sustainable Fisheries

Smart fishing for the Baltic and its market
A major solution to improving the fish populations in the Baltic Sea is to stop overfishing, implementing sustainable fisheries management and reducing harmful fishing practices.

That is why WWF is working together with fishermen, governments, regional body Baltic Sea Advisory Council and market players in the seafood industry to change the trend in overfishing and over consumption of seafood.

The Baltic Sea fisheries is controlled and regulated by Europe’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). It is a common fact that Europe’s fish stocks and fishing sector are in a crisis, with two-thirds of assessed fish stocks being overfished. Despite Trojan efforts by many, including WWF, the reformed CFP has at large maintained to defend the business as usual approach in delaying the recovery of stocks.

Fisheries Management

There are four main targeted fish species in the Baltic Sea, namely cod. Salmon, herring and sprat – all managed under the CFP. WWF is advocating for long-term management plans for these species which include set management guidelines with adequate closures in marine protected areas and other defined sensitive areas where they spawn or feed.

Fish Dishes - the unacceptable face of seafood

Seafood is a common part of our diet and often considered as a popular healthy choice. Too often consumers are unaware of the problems behind the seafood they see in their plate – of the harmful or wasteful fisheries and rapid decline in the numbers of fish to catch out at sea. Get a snapshot of some of the most popular fish dishes and the problems that lure behind them here.

Check out what recommended seafood you should choose in your country or next travel destination here.