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Three key areas of CFP reform:

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

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1. Regional decision making: The package offers more control over managing the CFP to regional fishing organisations. UK ministers have argued Britain should be allowed to meet quotas in alliance with France, Norway and other fishing nations, arguing countries with no coastline, such as Austria, having a say over net sizes in the North Sea is "absurd".

2. Discards: The end of the scandal of dead "discard" fish being thrown back into the sea. Measures approved in the vote in Strasbourg include banning within three years the practice of dumping dead fish back in the sea – a consequence of CFP rules restricting the size of landed catches under a complex system of quotas.

3. Replenish fish stocks: Restrictions placed on fishing stocks under what is known as the "maximum sustainable yield" – meaning fishermen can catch no more than a given stock can reproduce in a year. MEPs voted to replenish depleted fish stocks – such as cod and sole – by 2020 and keep them above that threshold.

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