Ministers agree to end fish discards

Ban scheduled for later than Commission proposed

Fisheries ministers have agreed to ban the practice of discarding fish, after tense talks in Brussels that lasted until 5am on Wednesday (27 February). But in a compromise with reluctant southern member states, the ban is scheduled to begin later than proposed by the European Commission and MEPs, and some discards would still be allowed and counted as ‘accidental’ by-catches.

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