Ministers delay end to fish discards

Under the agreement, discards would be phased out between 2014 and 2017.

EU fisheries ministers meeting in Brussels until early this morning (27 February) have agreed to ban the practice of discarding fish. But in a compromise with reluctant Southern member states, the ban will begin later than proposed by the European Commission and MEPs and continue to allow some discards to account for ‘accidental’ by-catches.

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