Oceana Applauds EU, Norway Initiative to End Discards in Skagerrak
September 3, 2012 -- The European Commission has confirmed it will work with Norway to end
discards in the Skagerrak. The proposal features an obligation to land
all catches of certain fish species so as to stop the practice of
discarding by 2015. Oceana welcomes this initiative and urges EU Member
States to keep this measure in the new regulation of the Common
“The discard ban is already implemented in Norway and this partnership,
which will extend the ban into EU waters, is good news that shows we are
moving towards a more responsible management of resources” stated
Xavier Pastor, Executive Director for Oceana in Europe.
While the discard ban is a way to stop the waste of resources it is not
in and of itself a solution, because it alone will not ensure a decrease
of unwanted catches. Oceana considers that the upcoming reform of the
Common Fisheries Policy provides a crucial opportunity to address the
discard problem and establish the technical measures required to
guarantee a more sustainable management of fisheries.
“What the Commission has agreed to with Norway is a strong signal to the
EU to take similar steps towards a ban on discards in the rest of
European Waters” added Javier Lopez, Marine Scientist of Oceana Europe.
“It makes no sense from an ethical, economical or environmental point of
view that the European fleet wastes around one million tonnes of fish
resources every year.”
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