Stop fish dumping

FISH dumping in the North Sea must be stopped, North East MEP Martin Callanan has said.

Fishermen are estimated to dump more than a million tonnes of fish overboard to meet complex European guidelines on allowable catches.

About 70 per cent of discards are demersal round fish, such as cod and haddock, and flatfish.

Mr Callanan has called for a new ‘land-all’ policy whereby undersized or immature fish can be processed into fishmeal and fish oil, with fishermen compensated at a rate that is not so attractive as to encourage targeting of them, but that discourages dumping.

“The destruction of global fish stocks and the dumping of unwanted and juvenile fish on this appalling scale has gone on for far too long and it is time to find a more common sense, sustainable solution,” he said.