Fisheries Ministers resist 2015 discard ban

euAttempts to derail the discard ban continue.

The Commission estimates that 23% of catches are now discarded, but other sources say the figure is as high as 40%.

The biggest area of dispute is when the ban on discards of unwanted catches should begin.

The Council is split geographically on the issue.

Northern European states want an early end-date with few loopholes, Southern states who want the ban to apply in 2017, two years later than the date set by the Parliament and European Commission, inserted a provision to allow up to 7% of catches to be discarded after 2017.

Sweden refused to endorse the final text because of that but the agreement was adopted by qualified majority.

Once again politicians taking the short term view and protecting the interests of their commercial sectors rather than doing anything constructive towards the recovery of fish stocks.

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