SAR and FISH have called on EU member states to support the Commission’s Proposal on Baltic Fishing opportunities for 2012; which is in line with both scientific advice and international and EU commitments to sustainable management of fisheries resources.

SAR and FISH have called on EU member states to support the Commission’s Proposal on Baltic Fishing opportunities for 2012; which is in line with both scientific advice and international and EU commitments to sustainable management of fisheries resources.

In an open letter to European Fisheries Ministers ahead of the October Fisheries Council Meeting, the groups welcomed the European Commission’s Proposal for 2012 fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea.

Seas At Risk (SAR) and the Fisheries Secretariat (FISH) highlighted to Ministers that the situation for Baltic salmon is particularly alarming, with survival rates of Baltic post-smolt salmon down to around 10–15 percent and dramatic declines last year in the number of fish returning to spawn in several important rivers.

The groups also emphasized the need for more conservative fishing opportunities for several of the pelagic stocks in order to reach Maximum Sustainable Yield by 2015 and that a revision of the multiannual plan for Baltic Sea cod, including a revision of the target for the Western stock, was desperately needed.

 

To read the Commission Proposal for a Council Regulation fixing for 2012 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks applicable in the Baltic Sea.

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