Several marine NGOs present their recommendations on Baltic Sea fishing opportunities for 2025.

The decline of fish populations in the Baltic Sea ecosystem has been ongoing for decades but has escalated in recent years with some fish populations collapsing and the effects of the climate crisis manifesting itself. So far any policy interventions have not been ambitious enough to reverse or even just halt the negative trends.

NGOs urge the European Commission to adjusting fishing pressure to respect the limits of the system and minimising other impacts of fishing on the marine environment. NGOs call the EU to propose and fisheries ministers to adopt fishing opportunities at levels well below the ICES headline advice to safeguard ecosystem needs and dynamics and allow for the recovery of fish populations.