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UK Fisheries Minister discusses EU landing obligation measures

The UK continues to discuss repercussions of the EU landing obligation enforced earlier this year.

With increasing concerns over the EU landing obligation, the UK's Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is exploring the number of exemptions to the legislation supposed to reduce the impact on fishing discards.

House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee will question the minister on June 5 about the success of the landing obligation, the compliance of exemptions with original objectives of the legislation and the enforcement of the obligation.

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The EU fisheries legislation came into place on new year's day obliging fishermen to land the excess fish they catch rather than discard it.

The landing obligation aims to limit fish discarding -- throwing unwanted fish back into the sea, however, the committee is concerned of the impact on the industry because vessels may reach catch quotas much earlier in the year.

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