World Wildlife Foundation invites reducing fishing quotas for Baltic cod
«Because of environmental stress and the fact that cod is overfished in the Baltic Sea, offspring are forced to reproduce at a younger age, which limits maximum size of fish. With that, the World Wildlife Foundation invites countries to reduce fishing quotas for Baltic cod,» says WWF representative Sarmīte Kolāte.
The government’s approach to fish resources has to be changed to preserve certain species in the future, the foundation notes. WWF has sent Agriculture Ministry, Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry and Economy Ministry recommendations in relation to fishing in Baltic Sea. WWF invites significantly limiting cod fishing volumes in the Baltic Sea and instead focus more on consuming cod from the North or Barents Sea, where cod populations are not at risk, WWF notes. Recommendations from WWF were developed in cooperation with European organizations like Coalition Clean Baltic, European Anglers Alliance, and Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, Fisheries Secretariat, Oceana, Our Fish, Pew Charitable Trusts and Seas at Risk.
Similar letters have been sent to other environment organizations elsewhere in Europe, WWF adds.