After heated negotiations going on until the early hours, EU Fisheries ministers have finalised their negotiation position on the discard ban and some other aspects of basic regulation of the CFP, outlining a pretty dire approach to resolving the problems associated with discards and overfishing.

After heated negotiations going on until the early hours, EU Fisheries ministers have finalised their negotiation position on the discard ban and some other aspects of basic regulation of the CFP, outlining a pretty dire approach to resolving the problems associated with discards and overfishing.

The Council position is far removed from the largely ambitious position adopted by the European Parliament earlier this year, and intense negotiations can be expected in the coming months between Council, Parliament and Commission.

Based on the press release published by the Council shortly after discussions ended, Ministers have agreed that up to 9% of the unwanted catches can continue to be discarded (which will be gradually reduced to 7% over the course of 4 years). By comparison, the Parliament does not allow any de minimis exemption. The Fisheries Council further agreed on the timeline for the gradual introduction of the discard ban with a final deadline for all species by 2019 instead of 2017 as agreed by the Parliament.

Overall, the ministers have agreed to several loopholes in the envisaged discard ban that will undermine its aim to prevent wasting fish.

Prior to the meeting, Seas At Risk and the Fisheries Secretariat sent out a letter to the ministers urging them to follow the ambitious vote of the European Parliament.

 

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