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European Union imposes reductions in catches of cod and herring in the Baltic Sea to ensure that endangered stocks and the region’s fishing fleet have a chance of survival

BRUSSELS – The European Union on Tuesday imposed reductions in catches of cod and herring in the Baltic Sea, to ensure that endangered stocks and the region’s fishing fleet have a chance of survival.

The seas off several northern EU member states have suffered from pollution, high water temperatures and too many vessels chasing too few fish in recent years, pushing EU ministers to impose more stringent measures.

As part of these measures, catches of the once-abundant western cod will be reduced by 88% next year while cod in the eastern Baltic will be kept at a much reduced level, down 70% from what is expected. two years ago.

Western herring will be halved for the second year in a row and central herring have been reduced by 45%.

“The decisions taken are difficult, but necessary, so that the Baltic Sea can remain the source of livelihood,” said EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius.

Some quotas for other safer stocks have been increased.

The main fishing nations in the Baltic countries are Finland, Sweden and Poland.

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