Nordic countries sign deal to ban discards in Skagerrak

The fisheries ministers of Denmark, Norway and Sweden met in Stockholm today, Wednesday 23 November, to sign a deal banning discards in the Skagerrak.

The three Nordic countries intend to introduce the discards ban in the Skagerrak before 1 January 2013, according to a press release.

Under the ban, fishers must land all their catches. The ministers state they seek to promote the use of selective gear as a means to avoid unwanted catches.

This move puts the three countries ahead of the CFP reform, in which the EU is discussing a partial discard ban for some commercial species.

Sources:
Press release at Swedish Goverment’s website
Press release at Norwegian Governement’s website

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