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Monday, 12 October 2015

EC proposals on Fisheries discard ban

The Commission recently adopted two proposals to reduce the wasteful practice of discarding – throwing overboard unwanted fish – in the North Western and South Western waters of the Atlantic. These discard plans concern demersal fisheries, i.e. fish that feed on or near the sea bottom, and are temporary measures to phase out discarding and gradually put in place the landing obligation, a key component of the EU's reformed Common Fisheries Policy. EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said: "These plans are a major step forward as the fisheries concerned are very significant. Landing what is caught is a start – but more importantly perhaps these plans should lead to more selective fishing, which will help stocks recover and ensure a stable income for our fishermen." The discard plans will apply from 1 January 2016 and by 2019 EU fishermen will gradually be required to land all fish they catch.

Source: europa.eu