WWF statement on Commission's proposal for fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea | WWF

WWF statement on Commission's proposal for fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea

Posted on 05 September 2006
Baltic Sea, Germany.
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Brussels, Belgium – WWF is extremely concerned due to the proposal presented today by the European Commission on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2007. The Commission proposes a quota for Baltic Sea cod, which continues to encourage overfishing. The quota strongly advised by ICES scientists (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) of zero catch for the eastern Baltic Sea is met with a suggested quota of almost 40,000 tonnes.

Illegal and unreported fisheries are flourishing. The proposal from the Commission does not provide even the slightest hope that illegal activities will come to an end.

"With this proposal, the Commission is failing to live up to its responsibilities to maintain Baltic Sea cod stocks," says Espen Nordberg, Fisheries Officer at WWF-Denmark.

For further information
Caroline Alibert
WWF European Policy Office
Tel +32 (0)2 7400 936
Email: calibert@wwfepo.org
Baltic Sea, Germany.
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