12 Oct 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISISON DAILY NEWS – 12 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
Fisheries discard ban: Commission proposes plans for the Atlantic
Today the Commission 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. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations data estimates that over 7 million tonnes, 8% of the total global fish catches, are discarded yearly. Such practice threatens the sustainable exploitation and economic viability of fisheries. 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. More information available here.
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