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High discard rates persist in UK fisheries, claims authority

This article was originally published in Foodnews

DISCARDING of fish at sea is a major problem in cod, haddock, plaice and whiting fisheries around Britain, according to current advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). Fish are caught and thrown back into the sea dead, mainly because they are below the permitted minimum landing size. However, in some fisheries there is "high-grading" - where marketable fish are discarded because of their low market value, so that fishermen can land more large, higher priced fish within their quota.


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