Danish Society for a Living Sea is a non-political society,
trying to establish a public national and international
debate about the sea environment – and thus, also about a
sustainable utilisation of the sea resources.
Sea have 350 members 70 of them is active fishermen.
Society has spoken for the ecologically sensible fishery and for
the coastal fishery in Denmark. Our severe critique of the fishery
for sand eel and of the ruthless trawl and seine fishery, has led
the Danish Fishery Association to threaten to expel the
fishermen members of the Society from their Association.
convinced that the fishery for sand eel is threatening the fishery
of edible fish – and we are supported by fishermen and
scientists from England and Scotland. The Danish sand eel industry
and Danish scientists have elaborated a report in 1999, concluding
that the sand eel fishery is sustainable. But the report does not
mention other species’ dependence on the sand eel as food. This
is quite understandable, because this aspect has not been
investigated. Until an investigation has been conducted by an
international team of scientists, the fishery for sand eel must be
considered un-sustainable, measured in relation to the sea
Danish Fishery Association is the main organisation, organising
all type of fishermen in Denmark. The association receives all
funding reserved for fishermen’s organisations and consultations.
Therefore, it is definitely not in-significant for Living Sea
members, if the association expels from their organisation.
matter how the incident ends, it proves that middle age values
still exist in Danish fishery. It is incompatible with modern
commercial politics to rip people of their freedom of associating
– only because they are being critical. Nevertheless, this is
the situation in Denmark.
it might be a good idea for the critical, Danish fishermen to look
for partners over the sea to other countries, across national
boundaries, within EU. We believe that the European coastal
fishermen share common problems, and that they would benefit from
associating, and finding common solutions to both their national
and international problems. This goal we seek to accomplish
through the project ECOast Fish. For more information www.levende-hav.dk