EU fish rescue plan out from the shadows

Commission beats off influence peddling claims, proposes sustainability revolution for fisheries

Plans for a sustainability revolution in EU fisheries policy finally emerged from the European Commission today, after a month of political claim and counter-claim over alleged influence peddling.

The central plank of the reforms to the EU's common fisheries policy (CFP) is an attempt to cut fishing effort - scientists say the needed reduction across Europe is between 30% and 60% - while safeguarding fishing communities. The scale of the challenge has been clear since the Commission issued a green paper on fisheries reform over a year ago (EED 20/03/01).

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