Efforts towards sustainability bear fruits in the Baltic Sea
Thanks to the stringent measures that were applied over the last three years to allow recovery, two more stocks have reached maximum sustainable yield levels in the Baltic.
Following recent scientific advice, the Commission will therefore be in a position to propose an increase of quota for the "central basin herring" and sprat stocks in 2013. This will bring more profit to fishermen and the processing industry of EU countries fishing in the Baltic.
This good news brings to 5 (out of 10) the number of stocks for which quotas are set that are fished under the MSY framework in the Baltic Sea (the others being Western herring, Gulf of Bothnia herring and Eastern cod).