The North Sea is Europe's most important shipping lane and major fishing area. As Germanys only outlet to the Atlantic ocian it has been of strategic importance.
Located between Great Britain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia the North Sea coastline is a major tourist destination. But it faces the problems of pollution also from oil and gas drilling and overfishing.
British fans of fish and chips breathed a sigh of relief in 2017 when stocks of North Sea cod recovered so well they were again labelled sustainable. But as a whole, Europe's fisheries are far from healthy. Campaigners and scientists accuse EU politicians of giving in to industry lobbyists and setting unsustainable quotas. DW's Lars Bevanger met them to find out more.
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