Agreement reached in Europe to ban fish discards

first_img Google+ By News Highland – February 27, 2013 WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Facebook EU fishery ministers have agreed to implement a ban on discards – the wasteful practice of dumping unwanted fish overboard so fishermen do not exceed their quotas.Talks ran overnight, but ministers reached a “general approach” on the discard ban adopted in June last year as part of an overhaul of fisheries policy.The key principle is that all fish caught will be landed, with none discarded, but fisherman will be granted leeway on existing quotas so that they can adjust over time to the new approach.Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has called the agreement “a historic milestone”.Donegal Deputy Joe McHugh has welcomed the move but says it should be used to trigger discussions to take place to ensure Donegal fishermen get a better deal on quotas:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/fishjoe.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme center_img Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Agreement reached in Europe to ban fish discards Previous articleState to open its case in Marie Fleming’s right to die appealNext articleGovernment goes ahead with disability cuts News Highland News PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Google+ Twitterlast_img read more