News Summary: EU gets political deal on fisheries

EU gets deal on fish reform to restore stocks, drastically cut discards of fish

Associated Press

FISH DEAL: The European Union agreed to drastically reform its fishing policy Thursday, aiming to end decades of overfishing that has depleted many species in its Atlantic and Mediterranean waters.

THE DETAILS: The plan commits the fishing industry to respect scientific advice on overfishing, to reduce the amount of healthy fish thrown back into the sea and to protect sensitive areas at sea.

THE BACKGROUND: North Sea stocks of cod have declined by roughly 75 percent over three decades and special campaigns to revive the species have long struggled. Stocks of bluefin tuna have dropped by 80 percent over the same time.

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