A compromise deal to shake up Europe's controversial fisheries policy has been hailed as bringing real benefits for British fishermen - if it wins approval from MEPs.
Marathon talks between EU fisheries ministers ended at dawn with agreement on plans to correct decades of failed attempts to restore dwindling fish stocks.
But the proposals do not include the proposed blanket ban on "discards" - the dumping of some fish back in the sea, dead, to avoid breaching restrictions on the size of landed catches. Instead the deal bans from 2015 only the dumping of pelagic fish - those living near the surface.
The fishing industry in our region is to get more local control.
The EU Council has agreed that Britain should be allowed to meet quotas with neighbouring countries - instead of having to follow rules set by landlocked nations. The Council also said there should be a ban on the practice of throwing dead fish back into the sea once quotas have been met.
Fisheries minister Richard Benyon has been telling us how it will affect the industry in Whitby.
An agreement has been reached which could provide the East coast fishing industry with more local control.
At a meeting in Luxembourg EU Fisheries Ministers have agreed to ban the discarding of dead fish. The EU Council said a ban will come in to force, but the date at which this achieved is yet to be set.
The UK was also successful in getting the council to agree to let Member States develop their own regional plan to manage fisheries.
For far too long overly detailed decisions have been taken from Brussels and fishermen throughout Europe have been micro-managed – the agreement we reached today will hopefully see some of that power return back to Member States, working with their fishermen.
As reform of the Common Fisheries Policy needs to be agreed by the EU Parliament it is unlikely that any changes will be agreed before the end of this year. What the EU Council has done in agreeing a ‘general approach’ to CFP reform is to send a clear signal to the Parliament on how EU Fishing Ministers would like to proceed.
– Richard Benyon, Minister for the Natural Environment & Fisheries
A crunch meeting is taking place in Brussels to push for more local control for our region's fishing industry.
Fisheries minister Richard Benyon is pressing EU ministers to allow Britain to meet quotas along with neighbouring countries instead of having to follow rules set by landlocked nations. He's also campaigning for depleted fish stocks to be replenished.