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Recent research on the Baltic Sea salmon demonstrates perfectly why we need to consider entire ecosystems when we develop fisheries management plans, like the coming multiannual plan for Baltic cod, sprat and herring. This study shows how the survival of salmon might be affected by the poor status of the cod stock in the Baltic Sea. Salmon is an important predatory species in the Baltic, and it is also a valuable fish for both commercial and recreational fisheries.

Lately, I have been involved in discussions on the Commission’s proposal for a multi-annual management plan for cod, sprat and herring, and the fisheries exploiting those stocks in the Baltic Sea. This is the first plan of its kind developed under the renewed Common Fisheries Policy. Eagerly awaited by stakeholders and managers, the plan is expected to be groundbreaking in the sense of taking a multi-species approach to fisheries management and therefore, the plan is often referred to as “multi-species plan”.

Did you know that the Philippines is home to an estimated 1.3 million small-scale fishermen? These fishermen set out every day, often before dawn, deploying their cast nets, seine nets and more to catch fish to feed their families and earn a living. Culturally, the Philippines is built around the ocean’s bounty, with another estimated 8 million people relying on healthy fisheries for their livelihoods.

Oil rigs near Horn Island, Mississippi, United States. Today, January 27, the Obama Administration released a draft five-year oil and gas leasing plan, which would open the Atlantic to offshore oil exploration for the first time. (Photo: EUO OCEANA  / Carlos Suárez)

Oil rigs near Horn Island, Mississippi, United States. Today, January 27, the Obama Administration released a draft five-year oil and gas leasing plan, which would open the Atlantic to offshore oil exploration for the first time. (Photo: EUO OCEANA  / Carlos Suárez)

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