Fishing Quotas Slightly Reduced
European Union Ministers for Agriculture have agreed on reducing fishing quotas in the Baltic Sea in 2008.
With cod stocks significantly declining, the ministers saw the necessity of avoiding overfishing. Fishing quotas for cod will be reduced by 8 percent in the waters between Sweden and Denmark, known as the “Kattegatt”, and by five percent in the other parts of the Baltic Sea.
The European Commission had originally recommended an overall reduction of 25 percent. Speaking to Swedish Radio News after the meeting in Brussels, Sweden’s Minister for Agriculture called the agreement a positive step in order to restore cod stocks in the Baltic Sea.