Damanaki pledges to end discards in a reformed CFP

Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki has called for an end to “this nightmare of discards”. Talking to the UK newspaper The Guardian about the “Fish Fight” campaign, launch by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, she continued: “we can’t go on like this…we need a new policy”.

The practice of discarding fish, where unwanted or non-allowed catches is thrown back overboard, has been severely criticised by environmentalists and the fisheries sector alike. In the North Sea alone it is estimated that 1 million tonnes of fish are discarded every year.

The Commissioner said that the reforms were likely to be phased in over a “transition period” of several years, but she insisted that the end result must be an end to discards.

Read the full Guardian article here

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