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Fish campaigners win EU ‘discard’ vote

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New measures to stop ‘discards’ (the process of throwing overboard unwanted fish, frequently dead or dying, back into sea), allied to a commitment to restore fish stocks to sustainable levels, were agreed at a full session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg today.

En kampanj ledd av tv-kocken Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, som har överlämnat en petition till ledamöterna i Europaparlamentet med över 800,000 XNUMX underskrifter, krävde en allvarlig reform av den gemensamma fiskeripolitiken (CFP) som gjorde ett slut på utkast och gjorde det europeiska fisket hållbart.

Linda McAvan MEP, who speaks for all Labour MEPs on fishing, said “all Labour MEPs supported today’s changes. We’re thrilled.”

“It’s estimated that over a million tons of discarded fish have been dumped back in to our seas which is a shocking and wasteful reality,” she said.

“With over 60% of fish stocks being overfished, there’s a real danger that the amount of fish available for the dinner tables will be depleted in the not too distant future.

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“It’s no wonder that European citizens wanted to see a real change in how we manage our fisheries. With luck, today’s vote means we can now deliver that change.

“Now we need EU governments to back the changes we agreed on. This vote  is the first step to getting a new, sustainable European fisheries policy,” she said.

Today’s vote marks the beginning of a period of negotiations between MEPs and Ministers from the EU’s 27 member states in the European Council.  Final approval of the new fisheries policy is expected later this year

För första gången i den gemensamma fiskeripolitikens historia har parlamentsledamöterna i Europaparlamentet nu samma inflytande som regeringsministrarna i rådet om fiskeripolitiken

 

Anna van Densky

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