The Black Sea, formerly a highly productive fishing ground,
is now on the brink of an ecological disaster due to overfishing,
eutrophication and discharge of toxic sub- stances into its waters.
The main sources of pollution are the frequently contaminated rivers
that flow into the Black Sea and the activities of seaside cities,
ports and coastal industry.
The Parliamentary Assembly considers that the Council of Europe
must take steps to bring about an immediate and significant improvement
in the region’s environmental situation and calls on the states
concerned to take the necessary measures as soon as possible. It
also draws attention to the need to develop co-operation at the regional
level and, in this connection, supports the cre- ation of a Black