Baltic Herring. Photo: Thomas Haentzschel/Scanpix.
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Sweden faces fishing quota setback

Sweden lost out Tuesday in EU negotiations on cutting back fishing in the Baltic Sea. Fisheries minister Eskil Erlandsson was on the side of the European Commission, who wanted to cut the fishing quotas for herring and sprat by up to 30 percent to help preserve fish stocks. He was voted down by the other countries, who say herring stocks are already recovering.

Cod fishing was also discussed at the meeting, but there were no major disagreements, reports news agency TT, with countries sticking to a previous deal to increase catches by 15 percent in the eastern Baltic, and by six percent west of the island of Bornholm, off the southern Swedish coast.

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