The discard ban constitutes a cornerstone of the reform of Common Fisheries Policy. The recent vote of the European Parliament confirmed this with an outstanding majority in support of the Commission’s ambitious proposal.
In parallel, the “World Ocean Review 2” published last week by Maribus, qualifies discards as a “huge waste”: this is why we need a bold reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy. It highlights the importance of preventing overfishing and developing a science-based fisheries policy, with the goal of reaching sustainable levels of exploitation.
Tomorrow the EU Council is discussing the main Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Common Fisheries Policy. We already have a good and sound basis to start from: the General Approach, adopted last June, foresees a phased-in discard ban with clear deadlines and accompanying flexibility measures.
This General Approach leaves no room for general exemptions to implement the discard ban. We should not let national interests undermine the agreement already reached after long discussions and negotiations. We cannot afford to lose what we have already collectively achieved.