04 May '11, 7pm

EU

Fishing boats in Scotland. Photo: Mark Nicolson / Creative Commons . With heaps of plastic choking the world's oceans and fishermen chaffing at new regulations meant to protect dwindling European fish stocks , a top EU official has proposed a clever idea that may help address both problems: Pay fishermen to catch plastic trash, rather than fish. EU fisheries chief Maria Damanaki has been under fire for the European Commission's plan to ban discards of edible fish. The practice is no small problem, The Guardian wrote this week: Two-thirds of the fish caught in some areas is thrown back, usually dead, because fleets exceed their quota, unintentionally catch juveniles or species for which they lack a quota, or because they prioritize higher-value fish and throw away lesser species. About 1 million tons are thrown back each year in the North Sea alone. Instead of caving in to ...

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