The King during his visit to the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management in Gothenburg. Photo: Kat Singer/The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
On Wednesday 6 February, The King visited the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management in Gothenburg, a government authority that works to achieve flourishing seas, lakes and streams.
During the morning, The King was given a presentation of three focus areas that the agency is working with during 2013. These areas are biodiversity in running water, the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea and sustainable fishing. During the afternoon, The King took part in two seminars. The first involved challenges in salmon management with decreased salmon stocks and modified fishing regulations. This included a presentation of the EU's proposed management plan for Baltic salmon. The second seminar highlighted the need for new physical planning of marine areas. Following a meeting with the agency's management, The King met the press. The King was asked whether it will be possible to reverse the current trend, despite the pessimistic debate on fishing during the last decade, in Sweden, within the EU and globally. "Even the worst scenarios can be changed. And environmental work is progressing. For example, the health of the Baltic Sea is improving, which benefits fish." Find out more about the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management here.