the real rulers of the sea

The ocean’s resources belong to all citizens. We want healthy seas, full of fish and shellfish. So how could the EU’s seas be fished to the brink of ecological collapse? The overfishing is not an accident, it is the result of a conscious policy. Where the decisions are made in closed rooms, beyond democratic control.

In the Theme – The real rulers of the sea, we have collected reports and exclusive interviews, with researchers and decision makers to highlight the economic, ecological and social aspects of fishing in EU waters.

The ocean is exposed to so many threats - but we must not give up hope for the future, says oceanographer Helen Czerski. By spreading...
Reportage: Peter Löfgren
Editing: Helena Fredriksson
Photo: Leif Eiransson
Supplementary photo: Kimmo Hagman, Johan Candert, Göran Ehlmé, Alexandre Gobatti Ramos, Erik Saanila, Adam Nilsson
Music: Peter Adolfsson
In a report from 2020, published by BalticSea2020, the authors believe that large-scale fishing in the Baltic Sea is neither economically nor financially profitable for...
Reportage: Peter Löfgren
Editing: Helena Fredriksson
Photo: Leif Eiranson
New research has mapped the universe of fish, how they experience the world, that they have personalities. These new discoveries can affect how we look...
Director: Johan Candert | Peter Löfgren
There is a place on earth where all creatures live their lives in balance with their surroundings. We dive into a functioning ecosystem, from the smallest...
Directors: Lena Scherman | Peter Löfgren
In Brussels there are at least 30,000 lobbyists to influence the political decisions. Many of them work for the fishing industry, to ensure that the...
Reportage: Peter Löfgren
Editing: Helena Fredriksson
Photo: Leif Eiranson
All citizens want fish-rich, healthy seas. The EU is governed democratically. So why are the EU's seas fished out and on the brink of ecological...
Director: Peter Löfgren
Editor: Helena Fredriksson
Cinematographer: Leif Eiransson
When two large wind farms were planned in the sea on the Swedish west coast, the shrimp fishermen became worried that they would no longer...
Reportage: Lena Scherman
Editing: Niklas Berglund
EU fisheries ministers exclude the public. The countries' mutual positions are kept secret. We citizens are not allowed to influence the decisions that are decisive...
Reportage: Peter Löfgren
Editing: Helena Fredriksson
Photo: Leif Eiranson
Archive: European Union
The EU fisheries ministers have in a compromise agreed on this years herring fishing in the Baltic Sea next year. As usual, we can continue...
Reportage: Lena Scherman
Animation: Natalia Quintana
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