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EU ISSUES PLAN TO END OVERFISHING IN BALTIC SEA

03/28/2016

European Union member states agreed on a plan to end the overfishing of cod, herring, and sprat in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, April 22. The multi-year deal attempts to ensure that the species are managed sustainably and to take into account the interdependence of the three types of fish. Under the current plan, only cod are subject to management, which threatens the livelihood of all three species: sprats and herrings eat the eggs of cod, and cod eat sprats and herrings. EU Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella stated that the plan "is good news for Baltic fish stocks and for the fishermen who depend on them for their livelihood." In 2014, the EU passed the reformed common fisheries policy, which requires that all fish stocks be put on sustainable footing by 2015 or 2020. Environmental groups have stated that the recent ruling does not go far enough to meet those targets and that the EU should put forth plans for fish in areas outside of the Baltic Sea as well. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-eu-fish-balticsea-idUKKCN0WI20M.