North Sea Agreement in Gothenburg

Ministers from eight countries and the European Union have agreed on measures to reduce the impact of fishing and shipping in the North Sea.

The two day meeting was held in Gothenburg. Swedish Environment Minister Lena Sommestad, who chaired the meeting, says the negotiations were hard, but the steps taken will reduce acidification and improve air quality.

The agreement also includes criteria for environmentally clean ships, and improved air in port cities. New systems are being introduced to reduce illegal fishing.

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