Fishing: Europe agrees a ban on discarding dead fish

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.

fishermen discarding unwanted fish
There has been a long campaign against the throwing away of unwanted fish Credit: ITV Westcountry

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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Fish Discard Ban

Europe has agreed to end the controversial policy which sees thousands of tonnes of dead fish thrown back into the sea