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Source: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture Agrarian Council meets in Luxembourg on Tuesday: Federal Minister Klöckner calls recovery plan for Western herring

Next Tuesday, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Julia Klöckner, will travel to Luxembourg to the European Agricultural Council. The discussions will focus on the Common Fisheries Policy and Fishing Opportunities 2020, specifically the fishing of herring and cod in the Baltic Sea.

In the run-up to the Council meeting, Minister Klöckner calls for a long-term recovery plan for these stocks: “The effects of climate change are also noticeable in fisheries. Not so much the fishing, but the warming of the North Sea has led to a lack of offspring in herring in the western Baltic. The herring come for some years too early to spawn in the Baltic Sea, when the food for the offspring is still missing. Similarly, that applies to the western cod. Our fishermen are not responsible for this development. We have to support them specifically, the alternative fishing opportunities hardly exist for them. At the same time, measures must be taken to ensure that stocks recover in the long term. “Background: Herring in the western Baltic Sea is one of the two” bread fish “of German Baltic fishermen, in addition to cod. The quotas for Western herring had already been reduced by 39 percent for 2018 and 48 percent in 2019. The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) had recommended closing the fishery for this stock in 2020. At the same time, the quotas for Western cod should be cut by 52 per cent and fishing for the Eastern cod should also be stopped altogether.

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