The pike collapse

08 July, 2020

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Pike do not spawn in bays and reeds as they used to. One of the Baltic Sea’s character species and a fish we take for granted, is declining rapidly in numbers. And scientists are trying to get a picture of the situation, to save the pike left in the Baltic Sea. It’s not just about the enjoyment and experiences of recreational fishermen. Pike play an important role in preventing the Baltic Sea from becoming overgrown with seaweed and algae.

Report: Martin Widman
Photo: Simon Stanford, Robert Westerberg & Leif Eiranson
Stills: Stefan Beskow/Azote
There are fifty times more sticklebacks in the Baltic Sea today than in the late 1980s. The small fish threatens the regrowth of the pike…
Report: Martin Widman
Photo: Leif Eiranson, Johan Candert, Ulf Bergström, Robert Westerberg
Header image: Magnus Martinsson/TT

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