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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Fishermen in the Baltic Sea should be allowed to haul in much more cod next year but herring populations are in peril and quotas should be cut by nearly a third, Europe's fisheries chief said on Wednesday.

Maria Damanaki is eager to put an end to decades of bad fisheries management, which has driven many European fish populations to critically low levels.

The western Baltic herring stock has reached record lows due to high fishing pressure and slow reproduction in recent years, EU scientists say.

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