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Commissioner Debates Future Of Discards

EU - Commissioner Damanaki will debate with the fishing industry today the future of discards.

Today, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, is meeting representatives of the fishing industry and other stakeholders to discuss what can be done to stop discarding of fish. Discarding is the practice of throwing back unwanted fish to the sea.

While finalising its proposals for a reformed Common Fisheries Policy, the Commissioner is also reflecting on how to eliminate discards. Last March, the Member States and the European Parliament had exchanged views on this issue at a High-Level Conference. It is now the stakeholders' turn, and Commissioner Damanaki is ready to listen to their opinion.

With the upcoming reform, the Commission has the chance to provide a new legal framework, removing all compulsory discarding and establishing clear objectives and time limits for a gradual phasing out of unwanted catches. The fishing industry, on the other hand, can contribute by devising ways to simply not catch the fish they do not want – the golden rule being that all fish that is not going to be sold or that is over the limits should remain in the water, alive.

Two initiatives recently taken by European fishermen to reduce discards are going to be presented at the conference, after a short opening speech by the Commissioner. A debate will follow. Fishing industry representatives, scientists, researchers, environmental organisations, NGOs and the press are invited to contribute. The meeting starts at 14:30hr at the Commission's Conference Centre Albert Borshette, Brussels.

The meeting will be web-streamed [click here].

the Fish Site Editor

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