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Europe Unveils 'Radical' Plan to Reform Fishing Industry

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Science  22 Jul 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6041, pp. 396
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6041.396

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On 13 July, the European Commission launched what it called a "radical" effort to reform flawed fisheries policies that have led to decades of overfishing, plummeting catches, and extensive damage to marine ecosystems. The reforms—which would require E.U. nations to reduce fishing for some valuable species and bar captains from dumping low-value "trash fish" overboard—are grounded in years of advice from fisheries scientists. If the reforms are accepted, research would play a more important role in future decisions on how much fishing to allow. But the proposals are already intensely controversial.

  • * David Malakoff is a writer in Alexandria, Virginia.