Agriculture ministers agreed to increase the number of fish subject to maximum sustainable yield (MSY) by nine to 54, bringing the EU closer to its 2020 goal of 100% sustainable fishing. However, environmentalists saw the deal as a recipe for continued overfishing, and criticised the EU Council for ignoring the advice of scientists.
The EU Council agreement, which included an emergency three-month ban on eel fishing during the migratory season next autumn, was agreed by 27 member states, with one country abstaining, Estonian environment minister Siim Kiisler announced after "difficult" all-night talks.
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