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Friday, 24 May 2013

EU: Council agrees on fishing policy overhaul

On May 15th, after 36 hours of negotiations, the 27 fisheries ministers of the European Union agreed on a new mandate for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which stipulates a 5% ban on discards.  
The 5% ban target is smaller than what they have previously agreed on. It would apply to mackerel and herring species by 2015, and for other species from 2016. However, some other fish species will be exempted.
The new agreement now needs approval of the European Parliament. MEPs stand for a full discard ban on all fish stocks by 2015.
According to the European Commission, around two thirds of European fish stocks are currently fished beyond sustainable levels.
NGOs are not satisfied with the Council votes: Greenpeace sees it as disappointing, while Oceana believes that the ministers mad progress, but fell short of CFP reform ambitious. 

Source: Deutsche Welle; Greenpeace; Oceana