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Save the fish!

May 16, 2011 10:44 AM

Diana is backing plans for changes to Europe's fisheries policy. She wants to ensure that there are more fish in the sea and more secure jobs for fishermen on the region's east coast..

Up to 80% of fisheries are being managed unsustainably according to the European Commission, and major policy reforms are to be proposed later this year.

EU Fisheries Commissioner, Maria Damanaki, has announced that she wants a science-led approach and intends to try and ban the wasteful practice of discarding fish into the sea, dead, when quotas have been exceeded.

Fisheries management will be transferred fromBrusselsto regional organisations involving local fishermen, food companies and environmentalists.

Diana says that Europe's seas are capable of supporting many more fish than now exist, but overfishing is a major threat.

"Changes are needed urgently to ensure that people still have fish on the table in 30 years' time.

"In many European waters there are too many boats chasing too few fish. If we fail to take action we risk emptying the seas and betraying future generations."

A tough political fight is expected, although the extent of the opposition to be overcome will only become known when the European Commission publishes the details of its plans.