BERLIN, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- While the European Union (EU) member states' fisheries ministers were discussing the bloc's new fishing quotas in Luxembourg on Tuesday, Germany accused the European Commission of applying double standards, the country's Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) said on Tuesday.
On the one hand, local fishermen in the Baltic Sea would have to accept drastic cuts to their quotas, while on the other hand the stock in the North Sea would be overfished, the BMEL argued. This, it said, was "not a holistic approach."
"The overfishing of western herring must be stopped," BMEL State Secretary Beate Kasch said. The different standards still applied to herring fishing in the regions have already led to dramatic unilateral overfishing, she said. "The future of our fisheries and the stock is at stake here."
Germany's permitted catch of western herring has been reduced by 94 percent between 2017 and 2021. In Kattegat and Skagerrak, fishing quotas have been cut significantly less over the same period, according to the BMEL.
The Council of Ministers approved drastic cuts to the Baltic fishery for western cod . "Although we know what a hard blow this is for our Baltic fishermen, it is the only chance to rebuild these stocks," Kasch said. "After all, this is the only way we can secure the livelihood of Baltic fishermen in the long term."