Sustainable fishing and environmental improvements in Baltic Sea boosted

07 Apr 2010
Organisations have joined forces to stimulate initiatives to improve the environmental quality of the Baltic Sea. Credit: Nikater

Organisations have joined forces to stimulate initiatives to improve the environmental quality of the Baltic Sea. Credit: Nikater

The Baltic Sea 2020 Foundation, the Swedish Postcode Lottery and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) have agreed to work together to stimulate initiatives that will drive measures to improve the environmental quality of the Baltic Sea.

The MSC will establish an office in Stockholm and will build upon existing work to transform the seafood market in the Baltic region to a sustainable basis. Initially, the office will deliver MSC services to fishers and the seafood industry in Sweden, Denmark and Northern Germany.

The new project will help tackle a key element in the complex set of issues that affect the Baltic Sea environment. Fish are a valuable part of the food chain and so of the Baltic Sea ecological system. Expanding the work of the MSC in the region will encourage responsible management of key species of fish in the Baltic Sea such as cod. This will help fish stocks to be maintained on a sustainable basis and help restore a more balanced fish population.

More Swedish schoolchildren will be able to choose sustainable seafood for lunch as a result of the new arrangements, which will secure the continuing development of a project that the MSC has been carrying out with the help of the Swedish Postcode Lottery. The Fish and Kids Sweden project was launched in Norrkőping on 25 March and aims to increase the amount of MSC certified sustainable seafood eaten in schools, as well as provide curriculum-linked educational resources.

The launch of the Fish and Kids project is the first step in the establishment of the MSC in the Baltic Region. It will be followed, possibly in the early autumn, by an event at which the three partners will introduce the head of the new MSC office, who is being recruited now.

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