The Danish Society
for a "Living Sea"
The sea around Denmark is unique.
Unique in its biological variation, in its productivity as a fish
water, for its unspoiled coastal landscapes and as a resting and
breeding ground for a significant part of the European stock of
ducks and wading bird species. A fantastic playground for people
who love the nature, for anglers, for bathers, for bird-watchers,
for stone-collectors, for divers, for sailors and for
beach-wanderers. And the sea is the foundation for a profession of
fishermen, who directly employ approximately 4,500 people and
further four to five as many in the succeeding industry.
The sea enjoys huge attention in the Danish
literature and in our self-esteem as a nation of Vikings, sailors
and fishermen. But we have nearly forgotten the real sea. Today
the users of the sea are organised in a number of societies, each
working for their own particular interests while the questions
that concern all the sea-users are not taken seriously
enough. The environmental problems of the sea are not solved.
- After 15 years with an unnatural,
bureaucratic quota regulation a number of the most important
edible fish species in the seas around us are reaching
historically low numbers.
- Despite of 10 years with a management plan
for the water environment in Denmark the wash out of nitrogen
reached new records in 1995.
- Despite of dozens of international
conferences with serious (solemn) declarations we continuously
find new environmental poisons in the sea, without being able to
solve the problems with the already known ones.
"Levende Hav" is needed!
In the following years the environment of
the sea will be on the agenda connected to a number of
international and national matters. Landsforeningen "Levende
Hav" will participate in marking the Danish recommendations,
put forward the necessary demands and oblige the politicians to
their pretty declarations.
Levende Hav is organised in a direct and
functional way. A decentralised structure with minimal
administration coasts, independently working groups and a
widespread right to disagree. The society needs well established
contacts with all users of the sea and their organisations. These
contacts must primarily come from the members. We hope that a
number of people will be organised in two organisations, both the
Levende Hav and trade unions or green organisations. We hope that
the Levende Hav will be a real grass root organisation. We expect
that the members will make it possible to establish working groups
to solve concrete problems, make recommendations and participate
in conferences and political meetings concerning the sea. - And we
promise to end the society the day it is no longer needed.