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EU proposals to bring in ban on fish discards

The European Commission is setting out ideas for ending fish discards, to stop fishermen who have used up their catch quota, throwing fish back in the sea.

Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki is discussing ideas to end discards with delegates from EU member states in Brussels. She hopes to introduce a discard ban as part of a reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in 2013.

But some believe a ban is not a solution to the problem.

John Maguire reports.

  • 01 Mar 2011