Addressing the 7th North-Atlantic Fisheries Ministers Conference, Franz Fischler, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries stressed the need for fisheries managers to work together to find effective solutions to the problems experienced in fisheries world-wide. Fischler cited the case of the blue whiting stock which is severely overexploited after years of overfishing as one of the cases where only cooperation among the parties concerned would ensure sustainability in this fishery.