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This Swedish and Danish fishery in the Western Baltic targets a separate stock of herring (Clupea harengus) from those fished in the North Sea during the autumn – although in parts of Illan Skagerrak the North Sea autumn stock is also caught. The vessels involved use trawls, purse seines, pound nets and set nets.

A discard and slipping ban has been imposed by the EU (slipping is when the herring are released from the nets before being brought aboard), and technical rules on mesh size, catch composition etc must be followed. Swedish and Danish authorities allocate national quotas; while a range of scientific bodies provide stock monitoring and advice on ecosystem indicators.