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Fish discards ban 'may be diluted' says European Commission.

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26 February 2013

 

Europe's fisheries ministers may dilute plans for a total ban on the practice of discarding fish at sea, as they meet in Brussels.

 

An outright discards ban was widely welcomed when backed by the European Parliament last month, but it is being resisted by France, Spain and others.

 

Ministers will consider a compromise text, that a European Commission source described as "quite unacceptable".

 

It would delay fisheries reform beyond the current proposal of 2016-2019.

 

It would also allow maybe 7% of fish to be discarded, exempt some species from the ban altogether, and give fishing crews extra catch quotas for an interim period.

 

It would also allow blue whiting, one of the most abundant stocks of the North East Atlantic, to be dumped if it is inadvertently caught. Boarfish may also be exempt.

 

Some ministers are striving to soften the provisions of the reform package to protect their fleets from sudden change.

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But the Fisheries Commissioner, Maria Damanaki, urged ministers not to compromise.

"The politicians must listen to what the public is telling them," she said. "The public does not want fish to be just thrown away."

 

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She said all caught fish should be landed; if they were of low value, they should be turned into fish meal.

 

Ms Damanaki was presented with a petition signed by nearly a million people demanding an end to discards, and for fishing at a level that allows stocks to replenish.

 

Campaigners were surprised and delighted last month when MEPs voted by a margin of around 4-1 in favour of sweeping reforms. The majority was far greater than had been predicted.

 

The Irish Fisheries Minister, Simon Coveney, who is chairing the meeting, said: "It is imperative that European Fisheries Ministers collectively take this progressive but challenging decision now and co-operate in agreeing appropriate and effective measures to eliminate discards with ambitious timelines."

 

But he is obliged at the meeting to find a joint position that the Council can negotiate with the Commission and parliament - and compromise will be difficult as several nations, including the UK, consider than any slipping from a total ban would be wrong.

 

The "progressive" nations fear that any discussion of exempt species would open the door for further exemptions.

 

In a review of global discarding, the UN noted that the north-east Atlantic had the highest discard level in the world, estimated at 1.3 million tonnes - the majority attributed to the EU. The Commission estimates that 23% of all fish caught by EU vessels are discarded.

 

Discussions at the Fisheries Council may last into the night, although on a less contentious note, ministers are likely to re-commit to better technology to prevent unwanted fish being caught in the first place

 

 

From http://www.bbc.co.uk...europe-21584863

 

I hope this sort of technology is successful but if it was delayed by more than 7+ years just because of a few countries saying no, What do others think?


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EU ministers back fish dumping ban

27 February 2013

 

 

 

 

European Union fisheries ministers have agreed to phase out the controversial practice of dumping unwanted fish.

 

After a tense all-night meeting, ministers said a ban on "discards" should be phased in, starting in January 2014 for certain types of fish.

 

Ministers agreed some exemptions to the ban - but the European Parliament may still refuse to accept them.

 

It is a victory for campaigners who have demanded the end of a practice that has brought the EU into disrepute.

 

The UN says Europe has the world's worst record of throwing away fish. Almost a quarter of all catches go back overboard dead because they are not the fish the crews intended to catch.

 

'Historic moment'

 

The decision reached early on Wednesday morning was driven by northern European nations, including the UK.

 

They prevailed over mainly Mediterranean countries, which were fighting to protect the interests of their fishermen.

 

The ban will apply to pelagic stocks like herring and whiting from next year, and to white fish stocks from January 2016.

 

From http://www.bbc.co.uk...europe-21598367

 

 

This is history in the making in fishing.


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