EU agrees fishing overhaul to replenish stocks

Posted by Robyn, May 22, 2013

fishprotestEuropean fisheries ministers on Wednesday agreed to end decades of overfishing and ban throwing unwanted fish back into the sea to restore stocks to healthy levels by 2020.

The agreement, which needs the approval of the European Parliament, could end haggling over annual fishing quotas and introduce long-term plans to grow fish stocks.

The deal, which took 36 hours of negotiations until dawn on Wednesday, will introduce a ban on the practice of throwing undersized or unwanted fish back into the sea, often to die.

About 80 percent of Mediterranean and 47 percent of Atlantic stocks are overfished, European Commission figures showed.

via EU agrees fishing overhaul to replenish stocks | Reuters.

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