Fisheries Shake-Up Planned

MEPs will vote today in what is expected to be the biggest shake-up in the history of the EU's fisheries policy.

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Fisheries shake-up: full report

Fishermen in the South West have given a cautious welcome to today's decision by MEPs to radically overhaul the Common Fisheries Policy.

It will mean an end to the practice of discarding dead fish and - it's hoped - a boost to fish stocks and the creation of more jobs in the industry.

Richard Lawrence reports:

MEPs give fisheries reforms the go-ahead

Members of the European Parliament have backed the biggest reform plan in the history of the EU's fisheries policy, in a bid to restore fish stocks.

Measures approved in a vote in Strasbourg include banning within three years the current practice of dumping dead fish back in the sea - a consequence of current Common Fisheries Policy rules.

Today's deal also offers more control over managing the CFP to regional fishing organisations - although some UK politicians have been demanding nothing less than the scrapping of the CFP altogether and the "repatriation" of fisheries policy.

The deal is expected to be confirmed by the end of June.

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MEPs to vote on biggest shake-up of fisheries policy

Members of the European Parliament, will vote on what is expected to be the biggest shake-up in the history of the EU's fisheries policy.

If the rewriting of the controversial Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) gets the go-ahead, it could end the practice of "discards" - throwing dead fish back into the sea - because of strict CFP rules on the size of landed catches.

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