EU's Baltic fishing plan is a first step, but with serious flaws

The EU's new multi-year plan for managing Baltic commercial fish stocks is an important step towards more sustainable fisheries, but with flaws that need urgent attention, write researchers at the Baltic Eye think tank, at Stockholm University's Baltic Sea Centre.

Tina Elfwing is the Director of Stockholm University Baltic Centre, and Gustaf Almqvist and Maciej Tomzcak are fishery scientists at the Baltic Eye think tank.

Despite its good intentions, the proposed plan has major flaws that need to be promptly addressed during the current decision process, or at least be reflected in an early revision.

During the record year of 1984 some 400,000 tons of cod were landed from the eastern Baltic stock. Three years later, catches were halved – and have continued to decline.

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