Monday, December 17, 2012

Crucial vote on EU fisheries and a discard ban.

This message form the Fish fight campaign:


It's been 2 years since Fish Fight released our viral video about discards and started the campaign to end this crazy waste of fish. With your help we've had a huge impact in Brussels. Most significantly, Europe's fisheries ministers agreed in June 2012 that discards of important species like cod and haddock should end. But that's not the end of the road...

The future of the CFP is now in the hands of the European Parliament, made up of the MEPs we all elect to represent us in Europe. And over the next few months they will be voting on whether or not to end discards.

Tomorrow - the 18th December - 25 MEPs who make up the specialist EU Fisheries Committee will be voting YES or NO to a discard ban. Specifically we want them all to VOTE YES to COMP AMENDMENT 32 WITH THE CALENDAR. If they do it will mean ending discards within a clear and realistic timeframe.


 I've added some additional information so you can contact the committee directly and observe the results of the proceedings.

For members go HERE

For the committee minutes, reports, calendar etc go HERE

Lets hope we get a clear timetable to end discards and step in the direction of sustainable seas.


  1. So the vote is looking good. We're hearing from Brussels that a majority of MEPs on the Fisheries Committee have voted YES to ending discards with a clear timetable. It not the end... it will progress to the parliament but with a mandate. on Crucial vote on EU fisheries and a discard ban.

    Still waiting for the final word.

  2. Dear Dr. Potts,

    Many thanks for your email.

    We supported this amendments and it was adopted this morning during the Fisheries Committee.

    Best wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


    Senior Political Advisor to Struan Stevenson MEP
    President of the Iraq Delegation
    Senior Vice-President of the Fisheries Committee

    European Parliament