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The Black Sea and the Danube River are facing a Potential Ecological Disaster from Nutrification
Ten fold drop in fish catches. From 26 to 6 viable species. Over $300 million/year decline from mid 1980s to 1990.Loss of 10,000 km2 of ecologically most valuable algae beds. Bloom of exotic species. Anchovy catches down 80% or 400,000 t/y . Tourism revenue losses (400 million $/year) and poor environmental conditions (over 20,000 water related illnesses). The severity of current degradation will be aggravated with the economic recovery. A regional solution is required
Despite knowledge and awareness, lack of financial resources to solve regional environmental problems (mainly in Black Sea).