The potential destruction of Europe’s fisheries has been invoked by environmental activists outside quota talks among EU ministers, in Brussels.
Greenpeace said 88 per cent of Europe’s fish stocks are overfished, and urged the negotiators to listen to reason.
Protester Saskia Richartz said: ‘‘Overfishing is hugely damaging to our environment, and the ministers are not listening. They will set quotas much higher than scientific advice recommends, and we are here to say to them: fish less and fish more sustainably. We want them to scrap the most destructive fishing vessels soon, now.’‘
European Commission proposals for 2011 quotas have been generally kept within 15 percent of this year’s. Worries about the livelihoods of mainly French, Spanish and Portuguese fishermen have prevented cutting quotas deeper in the past.