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Herring fleet nets record catch despite seals

The Local · 28 Feb 2012, 07:45

Published: 28 Feb 2012 07:45 GMT+01:00

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The association of German cutter and inshore fishers said trawlers in the Baltic Sea had been remarkably successful since January.

“The crews have been delivering top catches of up to 100 tonnes a night from the Euro-Baltic region into Mukran. Catches like this have not been seen since German reunification,” said the association’s chairman Nobert Kahlfuss.

Catches of around 20 tonnes per day were the norm over the last few years, he said. And not only were the catches now looking good, the quality was also high with some fishing boats approaching their annual quota already.

But the trawlers are not without competition – the fishermen have been complaining about an increasing number of seals eating fish, particularly in the Greifswald Bay area where nets are sometimes hauled up full of fish heads.

The gillnet fishers are also preparing for the season now that the melting ice is freeing the fleet.

The German herring quota in the western Baltic Sea is 11,532 tonnes – around a third more than last year. The fleet is now just under 300 boats, down from the 1,400 or so which used to operate from East Germany along the coast during the Cold War.

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Your comments about this article

12:24 February 28, 2012 by canadianinberlin
I'm rooting for the seals. BTW, the pic above does not show a net full of herring.
12:44 February 28, 2012 by zeddriver
I'm neutral concerning seal vs fishermen. But for fishermen to complain about the seals doing what comes naturally to them while the fishermen catch record amounts of fish is rather childish. Seems both parties are doing fine for themselves so stop whining.
14:00 February 28, 2012 by oldMoslin
where to buy frozen herrings? I search and search did not find a place.As normal stores ( the corner on big super markets are costly).

Where to buy smelsts fish ("stint Fisch")?
16:08 February 28, 2012 by raandy
They complain about to many seals and this is a record catch, Something Fishy going on here.
16:13 February 28, 2012 by Englishted
I feel sorry for seal first he looses Heidi, now the fishermen pinch his dinner.
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