MEPs back bid to ensure fish repopulation

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The European Parliament has approved a fishing reform intended to ensure that overfished seas can repopulate.

The policy, which goes into effect in 2014, requires European countries to set quotas and fishermen to respect a “maximum sustainable yield.”

That means catching no more of a particular species than it can reproduce.

The policy also bans catching and discarding unwanted fish along with commercial species, starting in 2019.

A measure that would have banned deep-sea bottom trawling failed to win a majority. 
Greenpeace called that decision “astonishing.”