The EU’s Council of Ministers reached an agreement this morning on Tuesday on next year’s catch quotas for fish in the Baltic Sea and the Sound.
The negotiations were based on the Council of the European Commission, and the decisions followed their line with regard to, among other things, the endangered stocks of herring. The quotas for the disputed herring were reduced by 50% and 45% respectively in the western and central Baltic Sea, while they were increased by 71% in the Gulf of Bothnia.
“Today’s agreement balances the socio-economic needs of fishing communities around the Baltic Sea with the long-term sustainability of fish stocks. It is based on thorough research and reflects the Council’s dedication to the CFP while also taking environmental issues into account,” said Jože Podgoršek, the Slovenian Federation’s Agriculture Minister, in an EU press release.
Another major change concerns the western cod stock, where the quota was reduced by as much as 88%.
Here you can read a detailed list of the 2022 fishing quotas in the Baltic Sea.