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The end of organized fishing in the Baltic Sea

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The 141-year old fisherman’s association in Bornholm has decided to close down. Why? The number of fishing vessels went from 200 to 34 in the past few years, due to oxygen depletion and rising sea temperatures, which affect fish quality and quantity. For example, local cod is too small and parasite-infested to be fished. 

  • According to an expert, it will take around 400 years to restore the marine environment in the Baltic Sea, if countries with access to the sea reduce their discharge of nitrogen by 30%. 
  • Not so long ago, you could catch 400,000 tons of cod annually in the Baltic Sea. Today, the quantity is just 1,000 tons. 
Narcis George Matache
Narcis George Matachehttp://www.narcis.dk
Executive Editor and Founder of "Last Week in Denmark".

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