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News Summary: Phased-in ban on fish dumping backed

PHASED-IN BAN: Officials from the 27 European Union countries proposed Wednesday a phased-in ban on the discarding of unwanted fish by fishing vessels, but environmentalists immediately condemned the measure as too weak.

THE PRACTICE: Dead and dying fish are often thrown overboard if they do not meet quotas or fishermen's preferences, creating a huge waste of for the ecosystem and business alike.

WHAT'S AHEAD: The proposal, approved early Wednesday in Brussels, is considered less stringent that one approved earlier this month by the European Parliament. Negotiations will have to take place to try to find a version on which the Parliament, the national officials, and the European Commission can all agree.

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