World Wildlife Foun­da­tion in­vites re­duc­ing fish­ing quo­tas for Baltic cod

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«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.

Evija Tri­fanova/LETA

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