EU fisheries ministers have agreed to end the practice of discarding unwanted fish.

Ministers agreed to end the controversial practice of throwing fish back into the ocean after marathon talks in Brussels, which ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning (27 February).

According to estimates, about 25% of European catches are thrown back.

Discarding will be phased out starting in January 2014. From that date discards will be banned for the likes of herring and whiting, with ban...


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