European fleets flouting deep sea fishing quotas, study finds

Date: October 3, 2012

Source: The Guardian

Author: Lewis Smith

European fishing fleets are flouting quotas for vulnerable deep sea fish and are landing up to 28 times more than allowed, a study has found.

Analysis of fishing data since 2002 has revealed that Europe‘s fleets exceed half the quotas for deep sea fish, prompting demands for better enforcement of the rules and scathing criticism of European fisheries ministers.

Landings of deep sea fish when quotas are busted are on average 3.5 times greater than the total allowable catch and in some cases were 10 to 28 times higher.


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