The House of Lords EU Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energyhas written to Environment Minister Richard Benyon and the European Commission to warn that unless the EU fish discard ban is implemented effectively there is a risk that discards at sea will simply become discards on land.
It has suggested there is a particular risk that fish will have to be landed which cannot be sold and which might otherwise have survived if returned to the water.
The committee sets out a number of areas where further work is required to ensure the discards ban is effectively implemented. These include:
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