Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Net Gain for All in Shake-Up of EU Fishing Rules ; Reform Will Help Replenish Fish stocksMeasures Could Save Industry and Treble Jobs

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Net Gain for All in Shake-Up of EU Fishing Rules ; Reform Will Help Replenish Fish stocksMeasures Could Save Industry and Treble Jobs

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THE European Union has backed the biggest reform plan in the history of the illstarred fisheries policy - vowing to restore fish stocks and to return profitability to fishing communities.

Measures approved during the vote in Strasbourg include banning the current practice of dumping dead fish back in the sea - a consequence of current Common Fisheries Policy rules restricting the size of landed catches. The deal also gives more control over managing the CFP to regional fishing organisations - although some UK politicians have demanded the scrapping of the CFP altogether and the 'repatriation' of fisheries policy.

But no final deal will be done until a three-way negotiation involving MEPs, EU fisheries ministers and the European Commission.

The fact that the European Parliament has 'co-decision' powers over fishing policy means more clout for the measures. EU fisheries ministers have been accused of ignoring the need for reduced fishing to deliver long-term stock recovery. …

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