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Oceana blames Denmark over failed protection of species

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At the 37th Annual Meeting of the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) countries approved a plan to protect and rebuild the most threatened Baltic Sea and Kattegat species.

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Oceana has released a statement claiming that the heavily weakened version of the plan makes three years of work by 88 leading experts effectively useless.

The organisation, which vows to protect the world’s oceans, has denounced Denmark as the sole culprit for what it says is the effective blocked protection of 69 species threatened with extinction in the area.

Lasse Gustavsson, executive director of Oceana in Europe, said: “Denmark’s short sighted stance opposes the overwhelmingly predominant call for protection and is highly dangerous for the future of Baltic ecosystems.”

He added: “It is unacceptable that a single, non-environmentally conscious government is able to cause lasting damage far beyond its own waters.”

Oceana has stated that Denmark is the only nation that refused to participate in the scientific assessment of threatened species, failed to endorse the initial conversation plan and then significantly watered it down.

The approved plan applies to species that are listed as threatened on the HELCOM Red List of Baltic Sea species in danger of becoming extinct.

Out of the 1750 species that were evaluated, 69 of them were identified as being threatened with extinction in the Baltic Sea.

Since then, three are now regionally extinct, these are; the American Atlantic sturgeon, the common skate and the gull-billed tern.

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