EU Commissioner Damanaki defended the ban on discards at Vigo. (Photo: EC/YouTube, hughsfishfight /FIS)
Cameras and on board inspectors may help control discards
Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs of the European Union (EU), Maria Damanaki, defended the ban on discards to be included in the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
During a speech at the headquarters of the European Fisheries Control in Vigo, Spain, the Commissioner invited to "start thinking" how to implement this standard soon.
Damanaki stressed that there are "practical solutions" to carry out the ban on discards, ranging "from the installation of video cameras to the presence of inspectors on board."
She also emphasised that the reform of the CFP "is not a luxury", but "an ecological, social and economic imperative."
The EU Commissioner explained that the Agency has a key role in the fight against illegal fishing, "zero tolerance for illegal fishing and fraud" is what prevents hackers "stealing" from honest fishermen, said the commissioner, according Europa Press agency.
She also noted that the Agency needs to maintain its inspector training projects in member countries to "establish good practices" and improve their qualifications.
Damanaki stated that it is "crucial" cooperation with third countries, for example, in the campaigns of bluefin tuna in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean.
She also called for a "complete" implementation of the control law in all Member States, methodically and systematically.
Proponents of the CFP reform want waste of food resources and the economic losses of fish discards to be gradually eliminated, so that fishermen will be required to land all the fish they catch.
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By Analia Murias