Der Spiegel summarises the decision of EU agriculture ministers to reduce the maximum quantities allowed for fisheries in the Baltic Sea in 2021.
Catches of western herring will be reduced by half, while eastern Baltic cod remain off-limits to allow the species to recover. Catch quotas of western cod and plaice, however, will have a 5% increase, and sprat catches are set to increase by 6%.
While the balance between catch limits which allow species to recover and income security for fishers has, overall, been seen to be achieved, it should be noted that the results are “worse than the EU Commission’s original proposals.”
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