Baltic salmon management plan approved
The European Parliament has adopted a multiannual plan for salmon in the Baltic Sea, which applies stricter control and enforcement measures.
The report comprised a series of recommendations for the most badly needed solutions to the problems that WWF says have been created by the EU’s external fisheries and current CFP. WWF says that by supporting the report, the EP not only supports sustainable fisheries, but also sends a clear signal that the EU is committed to leading the world in sustainable fisheries management.
Sarunas Zableckis, European Marine & Fisheries Policy officer at the WWF European Policy Office said: “WWF congratulates the European Parliament for supporting the ambitious external dimension report that will contribute to sustainable management of our oceans. We hope that the report is a clear indication by the Parliament to propose and support an ambitious EU fisheries reform.”
Hanna Paulomaki, Baltic Sea project manager at Oceana said: “Adopting this management plan is an important step towards restoring the status of the Baltic Sea salmon, which is threatened throughout the region, with some populations in extremely bad shape. Unfortunately the plan doesn’t go as far as we would have wanted, and some crucial issues, like banning the fishing of mixed populations and establishing a common minimum landing size for salmon and sea trout, were left completely out. On the other hand, we are pleased to see that recreational fisheries will be better managed with this plan.”
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