So the "success" of the phasing out of discards was being trumpeted on the news this morning with Covney sounding quite bullish, I cant see why. How is diverting a quarter of a tonne of fish per family per year for dog food and fish meal a good thing? The fish is perfectly editable and if they were being given out free I'm sure even Irish people would develop a taste for fish.
just think about it for a bit, Irish fishermen have been forced to waste half a million tonnes a fish per year and they will still be wasted after this agreement if they are not for human consumption. should we start eating dog food?
BBC News - Fish discards ban 'may be diluted'
In a review of global discarding, the UN noted that the north-east Atlantic had the highest discard level in the world, estimated at 1.3 million tonnes - the majority attributed to the EU. The Commission estimates that 23% of all fish caught by EU vessels are discarded.
Discussions at the Fisheries Council may last into the night, although on a less contentious note, ministers are likely to re-commit to better technology to prevent unwanted fish being caught in the first place