The reforms adopted in Strasbourg aim to restore fish stocks to sustainable levels, and will also mean an end to fish discards – whereby fish that are over quota or under minimum size are thrown back into the sea.
The campaign to reform the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy has been supported by TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, along with thousands of EU citizens who signed petitions, wrote to their MEPs and even painted pictures of fish in order to voice their concern about over-fishing which has led to Europe’s seas being the most depleted in the world.
East Midlands Labour MEP, Glenis Willmott said: “Labour MEPs have been supporting this campaign since it started and we voted in favour of these changes. It’s great news.”
“Dumping fish overboard is a shocking waste. It’s no surprise that so many constituents have written complaining about this.”
“And with stocks depleted through overfishing, it’s no wonder that people wanted to see a real change in how we manage our fishing industry. “
“Now we need the 27 EU governments to back the changes we agreed on. This vote is the first step to getting a new, sustainable European fisheries policy.”