The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management has imposed a three-week fishing ban off parts of the country’s western coast to protect young schools of fish.
The commercial fishing ban covers an area to the west of Tjörn and Orust municipalities, just north of Gothenburg, and protects cod, haddock, saithe, also known as pollock, and whiting.
Swedish Radio’s local channel in Gothenburg reports that the agency said the ban is due to a large number of young fish in area that are at risk of being caught before they mature.
The fishing-free zone applies to all vessels operating in the area, including foreign ones, and will be enforced by, among other things, satellite imagery.
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Finland: Fishing-net death toll of endangered seals continues to rise in Finland, Yle New