OCEAN2012 Welcomes Commission’s Desire to End Discards as Part of CFP Reform

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Brussels,, Belgium - 05/03/2011 - Uta Bellion, director of the Pew Environment Group’s European Marine Programme and OCEAN2012 coordinator, issued the following statement on the European Commission’s approach to end discards.
“The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform is an excellent opportunity for the EU to establish new policies that will end overfishing, including the wasteful practice of discarding. Such policies should prevent unwanted fish from being caught in the first place and require everything to be landed in port, except for those species with a high chance of survival, such as threatened sharks and rays.

“What is most important is that the CFP reform proposal, scheduled for release on July 13, must prioritise environmental sustainability. We clearly need a policy that ends overfishing and not just discarding.”

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