Government Officials Call For New Fishing Policies

Open Europe reports on the call for banning fish discards and the implementation of a quota system.

EU Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki yesterday called for an end to the controversial practice of throwing back dead fish if EU quotas have been exceeded. “I consider discarding of fish unethical, a waste of natural resources and a waste of fishermen’s effort. But I would like to go further – since our stocks are declining, these figures are not justifiable anymore,” she said. The Independent notes that the UK, Denmark, France and Germany have also signed a joint declaration demanding that outlawing discards be made a priority and the current EU quota system be reformed.

Writing on Conservative Home, UK Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon notes that a ban on fish discards is only the first stage of a radical overhaul of the EU’s “failed” Common Fisheries Policy and argues in favour of introducing a catch quota scheme similar to the one being developed in the North Sea.
Independent
Guardian Times Conservative Home: Benyon Guardian: Fearnly-Whittingstall

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