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Published on 14-01-11

Speaking in London, the EU fisheries Commissioner has endorsed the awareness raising action on discards (by-catch) by British chefs. 

In her keynote address to the International Forum on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing, hosted at Chatham House Mrs Damanaki said: "We do need a lot of public support if we want to change and improve the European Fisheries Policy. We cannot afford to throw away fish, it is not sustainable. The issue of discards will be central in the upcoming reform of the common fisheries policy later this year. We need the public at large to endorse sustainability and through their concrete actions change the behaviour of industry. We owe the chefs a lot to make this happen."

    Maria Damanaki European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

    Maria Damanaki European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

    She added: "Coming to London from Brussels I was informed that London has been challenged to become the first ever Sustainable Fish City. What a challenge! The National Trust, four London Universities, the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, the Greater London Authority, the London 2012 Olympic Games amongst others have promised to serve sustainable fish. There is a clear message here and I have received it. We need a new European Fisheries Policy and we can have it!"

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