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  • Discards banned by European parliament

    The European Parliament has voted to ban the practice of discards, a decision endorsed by European Fisheries ministers. The ban should be phased in, starting in Jan 2014 for certain types of fish.

    It is a victory for campaigners, helped led by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Fish Fight, who have demanded the end of a practice.

    UK Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon played a pivotal role in brokering the agreement that was eventually reached following a day and night of lengthy negotiations. He said:“This is a historic moment in reforming the broken Common Fisheries Policy. The scandal of discards has gone on for too long and I’m delighted that the UK has taken such a central role in securing this agreement.”

    The deal that was reached also builds on the achievements of last year when the UK secured a legally binding commitment to fish sustainably, and to allow more regional decision making. For more information on how the ban will work please go to


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