Worrying fishing stocks in the Baltic

Worrying fishing stocks in the Baltic
  • PublishedJune 9, 2023

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has published its report on the Baltic Sea. The Council warned of the dangerous state of fishing stocks.

According to ICES, even without fishing, there is a 10-20% chance that the stock will not be replenished, even at the lowest level set.

It recommends reducing fishing quotas. The reduction in herring fishing should be 50% in the Gulf of Bothnia and 17% in the Gulf of Riga.

Cod stocks are in a critical state. Even after years of closed fishing, levels are still extremely low. They recommend a suspension of cod fishing in the eastern Baltic and a reduction to 24 tonnes in the western Baltic. Then, it would take year to replete the fishing stocks.

The CIES often warns of the overfishing of certain species. For example, it has already warned of the overfishing of pelagic fish in the Atlantic Ocean.

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