Fish Discard Ban

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

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Green Party calls for immediate ban on throwing fish back

A ban on throwing fish back into the sea needs to be implemented immediately according to the Green Party.

Fishermen have been discarding fish to stop them exceeding their quotas set by Europe. The West Country's fishing industry welcomed a decision this week by the EU Council that the practice should be stopped.

It took lengthy negotiations for Europe to agree a ban on fish discards Credit: ITV Westcountry

The first phase of the ban will not come into effect until 2014, but the Green Party says the ban must start earlier to help save threatened species.

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