Discard Ban - what it means

The European Parliament has voted to ban the practice of discards, a decision endorsed by European Fisheries ministers. The ban should be phased in, starting in Jan 2014 for certain types of fish.

It is a victory for campaigners, helped led by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Fish Fight, who have demanded the end of a practice.

UK Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon played a pivotal role in brokering the agreement that was eventually reached following a day and night of lengthy negotiations. He said:“This is a historic moment in reforming the broken Common Fisheries Policy. The scandal of discards has gone on for too long and I’m delighted that the UK has taken such a central role in securing this agreement. The deal that was reached also builds on the achievements of last year when the UK secured a legally binding commitment to fish sustainably, and to allow more regional decision making.

To Help people understand what the ban means we have created a simeple fact sheet (pictured right) which you can download here.