MEP Howitt says that fish decision is a step forward

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Herts Euro MP Richard Howitt has welcomed the decision to introduce a ban on fish ‘discards’.

He has been campaigning for more than five years for the change, alongside celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

The new rules aim end overfishing of European fish stocks and ban discards, where fish that trawlers catch but can’t sell because of quote or other restrictions are just dumped over the side

The Labour man said: “Once the discard ban is introduced our fishermen will have to fish more selectively – and it is in everyone’s interests that they do it. I’m delighted.”