Kathy Wardle reports from Newlyn on how the West Country's fishing industry is welcoming a ban on the controversial policy of throwing fish back into the sea. Our fisherman have had to do it to stop them exceeding their quotas set by Europe.
The West Country's fishing industry is welcoming a ban on the controversial policy of discarding dead fish caught accidentally. Fisherman have had to do it to stop them exceeding their quotas set by Europe.
But after 24 hours of negotiations, fisheries ministers in Brussels have approved a plan to overturn those rules and allow fishermen to keep the extra fish.
It was also decided that regions should be given more control over managing their fisheries.
The change follows pressure from the UK government and a long public campaign, which has included Westcountry TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
It's not definite when the ban will come in but it could be two years for mackerel and herring, and more like six years for cod, haddock, plaice and sole.
Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon MP talks about bringing an end to the practice of discarding "perfectly edible fish"
Our reporter Kathy Wardle is in Newlyn, covering the story that fishermen are to be banned from throwing surplus fish overboard. There has been a long campaign against the practice.
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The EU council has agreed a ban on fishermen discarding dead fish but no date has been set and it is subject to more negotiations.
Provisional dates would see a ban on mackerel and herring discards by January, 1 2014 and a ban on whitefish discards (cod, haddock, plaice, sole) phased in 12 months later and fully in place by January 1 2018.
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A campaign has begun to stop endangered baby eels being poached and sold for thousands of pounds.
Stocks of elvers have fallen by 95% over the past 20 years. This report comes from one of the poaching hotspots on the River Parrett in Somerset.
A lifeboat crewman has described the rescue of two fishermen off the North Cornish coast this weekend as the most treacherous of his career.
Damien Bolton was the coxswain of the RNLI boat called out to help.
The Port Isaac Inshore Lifeboat was called after a father and son were swept into rough seas at Tregardock near Delabole on Sunday. A 27 year old man survived but it's thought his 60 year old father had drowned before he could be pulled to safety. His son clung on to him until rescuers arrived.