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EU tries new ideas to end overfishing, boost stocks

Europe plans to change tack in the way it tries to curb overfishing and boost numbers of species such as cod, depleted after years of quota-busting by EU fleets, the European Commission said on Wednesday.
The Commission will focus on long-term plans for each species and set the maximum amount of fish that can be taken from the sea without weakening its potential to reproduce.

Overfishing is not a new phenomenon in the European Union. Most European stocks are overfished, more than 80 percent of the EU's known resources. Each December, EU ministers negotiate with Commission experts on national quotas for species and area for the next year.

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