Listen to the ocean: EU Fisheries Minister AGRIFISH calls for an end to overfishing in the Baltic
When EU fisheries ministers arrived for the AGRIFISH Council meeting on October 11 in Luxembourg, they received a musical exhortation from a quartet of classical musicians and an opera singer, inviting them to listen to the ocean and science, by setting fishing limits within scientific limits Council. Arel Ensemble performed extracts from Bacewicz’s String Quartet No.4, Shostakovich’s String Quartet No.8, Czerny’s String Quartet in E minor and Copland’s String Quartet Movement, and was joined by mezzo-soprano opera singer Luisa Mauro for Il Tramonto by Respighi outside the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, where EU fisheries ministers meet to set fishing limits for sea fish populations Baltic Sea for 2022.
Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius attended the performance. “I’m playing this morning because I’m sensitive to the future of our planet and music is my medium,” said mezzo-soprano opera singer Luisa Mauro.
“I think it is important to use an ecosystem approach to regulate access to marine resources, to ensure sustainability and to prohibit destructive fishing methods.”
“The Arel Ensemble is proud to play outside the AGRIFISH meeting here in Luxembourg this morning, to promote the need to fight for the planet and a better and sustainable future! says Bartłomiej Ciastoń, first violin. “With our Polish roots, the musicians of Arel Ensemble are well placed to respond and understand the need to protect the Baltic Sea from overfishing. As musicians, we act to preserve nature and help the marine environment in a way that we do our best and with heart – by playing music.
“Today, the EU’s AGRIFISH Council will set fishing limits for Baltic Sea fish populations for 2022. We are racing against time to stop the collapse of the Baltic Sea ecosystem and keep our political promises to end climatic and natural crises, ”said Rebecca. Hubbard, Our Fish Program Director. “Defining fishing opportunities at sustainable levels is an essential precondition for delivering on these promises. Baltic Fisheries Ministers must listen to the ocean and to science, setting fishing limits as part of scientific advice. ”