It is the county administrative boards in Gävleborg, Västernorrland, Västerbotten and Norrbotten that want to see urgent measures to protect the herring.

Small herrings

The producer organization Kustfiskarna Bottenhavet (POKB) is also concerned about the reduced catches but also that the size of the fish has decreased.

The size of the fish itself has also decreased, which means that the catches cannot be used.

Emergency mode

- The situation is urgent.

If the same trend continues during the rest of the year, this year's total catch of herring in Västernorrland County can be halved compared to the catches in 2020 and even more compared to the years 2018 and 2019, says Berit Högman, governor of Västernorrland and one of the four governors who stand behind the letter.

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