Parliament passes some deep-sea reform
The European Parliament voted to pass some reforms on deep-sea fishing, but rejected a proposed ban on deep-sea bottom trawling and gillnetting, the subject of a high-profile petition.
Environmental groups called for the ban, including a petition supported by a high-profile ad campaign from the group Fishlove.
The parliament did vote to give final approval to a revamping of the E.U.'s common fisheries policy
"The European Parliament's approach to deep-sea fishing is at best half-hearted. It failed to ban the devastating and indiscriminate practice of bottom trawling," said Justine Maillot, Greenpeace's E.U. fisheries policy adviser. "It is astonishing that subsidized fishing vessels can continue to
The parliament also voted to approve a fisheries agreement between the E.U. and Morocco, which Greenpeace and other activists decried as encouraging overfishing of key stocks such as mackerel.
"Fish like mackerel,