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Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

New plans proposed to preserve EU fish populations


BRUSSELS (AP) – Fish populations are being depleted to such an extent that Europe’s children face the prospect of a future where they’ll see fish only in pictures and not on their plates, a senior European Union official said Wednesday.


Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Fisheries, made the comment as she outlined proposals designed to prevent overfishing and bring fish stocks to sustainable levels by 2015.

Damanaki said 75 percent of EU fish stocks were overfished and a third are “in a worrying state.”

“Business as usual is not an option,” Damanaki said. “According to our modeling exercise, if no reform takes place, only eight stocks out of 136 will be at sustainable levels in 2022. In other words, if we don’t make structural changes to the way we do business now, we will loose one fish stock after the other.”



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