Fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2021: improving long-term sustainability of stocks
The Commission today adopted its proposal for fishing opportunities for 2021 for the Baltic Sea. Based on the latest available scientific advice and in order to improve long-term sustainability of fish stocks, the Commission proposes to increase fishing opportunities for herring in the Gulf of Riga and main basin salmon, whilst maintaining the current levels for herring in the Gulf of Bothnia, sprat and plaice. The Commission proposes to decrease fishing opportunities for the remaining stocks covered by the proposal.
Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, said: “Multiple factors influence the state of fish stocks in the Baltic sea. Fisheries is one, but factors like marine pollution or climate change are seriously affecting the health of the stocks. The long-term sustainability of the Baltic is not a choice but an imperative. We are adopting today a realistic proposal, which I am convinced will work for both fishers and fish. I look forward to working with the Member States and other stakeholders in the Baltic. As the pressures on Baltic fish stocks cannot be addressed through fisheries policy alone, I have taken the initiative to convene a Ministerial Conference of all EU Baltic states to address all factors comprehensively to ensure a long term future for the Baltic.”
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