Danish Anglers' Association warns of nutrient pollution at sea

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29 Aug

EAA member Denmarks Sportsfiskerforbund sounds the alarm about algae pollution. It blames the massive use of nutrients that accelerate the invasion of algae, depriving the waters of oxygen

EAA member Denmarks Sportsfiskerforbund is concerned about the deteriorating Danish marine environment and reports that some recreational fishermen fear that the critical point is approaching, where entire fjords’ ecosystems would collapse due to a historically large algae growth.

The cause of this algae invasion is the excessive release of agricultural nutrients into the waters, which promotes the growth of different kind of both filamentous and planctonic algae in the fjords, a favourite fishing ground for anglers.

These plants are dangerous in two ways:
  • They smother eelgrass and other aquatic plants, which are habitats for fish and small animals;
  • When they start to rot, they consume oxygen from the bottom waters to the point of oxygen depletion.

Denmarks Sportsfiskerforbund believes that the solution to the problem lies in limiting the artificial discharge of nutrients into the aquatic environment to a greater extent, but this would require much more ambitious political agreements than the current ones.

Denmarks Sportsfiskerforbund argues that for this to happen, politicians need to get aware of the alarming situation of the Danish coast’s marine environment. It therefore calls on Danish anglers to share videos and comments on the green algae invasion in order to raise political awareness on the issue.

Read more about this matter on our Danish members’ website.
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