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The government wants to see emergency measures for Baltic cod

On the 3rd of June, representatives from the EU’s Baltic countries attended a meeting of the Baltic Sea Fisheries Forum (BALTFISH) in order to discuss the situation facing the cod. Following last week’s publication of scientific advice on next year’s fishing in the Baltic Sea by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), it was clear that the situation facing cod in the eastern Baltic stock is now so critical that a zero catch is proposed (read more about the advice here).

At the BALTFISH meeting, Sweden advocated a fishing ban for cod in the eastern stock as early as between 1 July and 31 December 2019, and that the catch quota for the stock should be set at zero next year. In order to secure a supply of food for the cod, Sweden believes that fishing for sprat and herring/Baltic herring should be stopped in certain areas. The Swedish government will also consider changes to regulations that enable the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency to allow the hunting under licence of grey seals if they find that there is scientific justification for this.

In a government press release published in connection with the BALTFISH meeting, Jennie Nilsson, Minister for Rural Affairs, commented:
“We now have access to a solid scientific analysis of the situation confronting the Baltic Sea’s eastern cod stock, and it is clear that drastic action is needed. Cooperation with our Baltic neighbours is absolutely vital if we are to protect the cod, and I hope that more countries will come to realise just how important it is that we act decisively.”

Read the press release in full on the government’s website (only in Swedish).