The April 25th announcement by Danish Minister of Fisheries, that she is willing to cut the 2019 quota for Eastern Baltic cod by 70 per cent, has been criticised by a non governmental organisation.
“That Denmark’s fisheries minister Eva Kjer Hansen will now cooperate with her Baltic counterparts to close Eastern Baltic cod fisheries is a step in the right direction, but her proposal is far too little, too late,” said Cathrine Pedersen Schirmer, Our Fish campaign coordinator in Denmark.
“The Minister’s proposal to reduce the quota by 70 per cent is less impressive than she would have us believe – an enormous 7,233 tonnes of cod will still be fished, under the questionable auspices of ‘unavoidable bycatch’. This will not save eastern Baltic cod, and only serves to perpetuate overfishing by an industry that is renowned for failing to transition to a sustainable model.”
FIS: NGO criticises Danish minister’s proposal to protect Baltic cod