The Lithuanian fisheries sector (Feb 2013)
Cod quotas in the Baltic Sea on the increase
A cod management plan introduced in the Baltic at the beginning of 2008 is bearing fruit. The stock situation has shown improvements and for three consecutive years Lithuania’s cod quota in the Baltic has increased. This healthy development seems set to continue in 2012. Cod is an important species for the Lithuanian fisheries sector, but not the only one. Fishers also target herring, sprat, and Baltic salmon. Unfortunately the quota situation for these species is bleaker. The sprat quota was cut by 24% in 2011 and the quotas for herring and salmon have been showing a downward trend for some years.
Lithuania is keen to develop its aquaculture industry, in terms of the number of species farmed, the technology used, and the volumes produced. Recirculation aquaculture systems are seen as a way to achieve all three objectives and several options to deploy them are being explored.
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