Fisheries Ministers agree a date for discards ban - 26/2/13
Discards should become a thing of the past after the UK Government secured a historic victory in Brussels to set firm dates to introduce a ban.
The agreement signals a big step towards fundamental reform of the broken Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and should see the wasteful practice of discarding edible fish banned for pelagic stocks like herring and whiting from January 2014. A ban for white fish stocks was also agreed, to begin in January 2016.
Defra and the fishing industry are currently working on plans to ensure a smooth transition to the new Common Fisheries Policy. This involves work to improve selectivity of fishing gear, understanding more about which fish can be returned to the sea alive and ensuring that our ports can handle any extra fish that may be landed.
Posted 27/02/2013 09:18« Back