Yesterday the EU's agriculture and fisheries ministers met in Luxembourg to negotiate the Baltic Sea’s fishing quotas for 2016. The ministers agreed on a 20% reduction from last year´s quotas for cod in the Baltic Sea, resulting in a total allowable catch of maximum 41,143 tones for the eastern stock and 12,720 tons for the western stock.
Last week we visited the pig farm in Przybkowo to look at the completed safe storage lagoons for manure! The work is part of the foundation's demonstration project in Poland which aims to identify technologies and measures to minimize the risk of nutrient leaching from manure, i.e. to find measures which make it possible to conduct industrial meat production in balance with the environment.
Eutrophication is a major problem in the Baltic Sea. Leakage of nutrients from agricultures is one of the major contributing factors to the problem. In order to reduce eutrophication the government endorses more farmers to structure liming their fields.
Last Wednesday the European Commission presented their annual proposal on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea. The proposal indicates the amount of fish that EU fishermen can catch during 2016 and concerns the Baltic Sea’s 10 main commercial fish stocks.