Fighting over fish quotas is nothing new and today lively talks can be expected as European ministers meet to fix next year’s limits. One key topic will be measures to address the problem of “discards” – as highlighted by campaigners in Brussels today. This is where many fish caught are thrown overboard, because, for example, they exceed quotas or are the wrong size or species. “In the North Sea, there is 24,000 tons of cod caught and 23,000 tons of cod are thrown overboard, discarded,” said Aaron McLoughlin of the WWF Marine Programme. “We think this is a crazy system. European Commission member states said they were going to address it this year. They failed in that obligation.” In a bid to tackle the discard problem, the EU and Norway have reportedly agreed to raise North Sea cod quotas by 30 percent next year.
EU quota summit urged to reduce fishing waste