FAO Fisheries Department

Fisheries experts agree on first global guidelines on reducing fishing discards



Problem may involve over 20 million tonnes of fish and other animals annually.

The first global guidelines for bycatch management and reduction of fishing discards were released today by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. They now go to the Committee on Fisheries for endorsement when it meets in Rome at the end of the month. The guidelines were agreed by fisheries experts from 35 countries who met at FAO last month.