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Trials to reduce fishing discards could be expanded

Trials to reduce discards from fishing vessels could be expanded as the government says initial results show they are working.

Boats in the trials with CCTV cameras have to keep all the fish they catch but are rewarded with extra quota.

Findings from 15 boats in England have seen discards of less than 1%. There are also similar trials in Scotland.

The industry says the trials should be seen as one possible solution but not used to justify a total ban.

Daniel Boettcher reports.

  • 07 Nov 2011