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Lords Committee to hear from industry representatives on fish discard ban

The House of Lords EU Committee will this week take evidence from representatives of fishermen and the seafood industry as part of their short inquiry into reform of the Common Fisheries Policy and the implementation of the discard ban.

The Committee will take evidence from: Barrie Deas, Chief Executive of the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations (NFFO), Mike Park, Chairman of the Discard Action Group, Seafish and Libby Woodhatch, Head of Advocacy, Seafish.

The session will cover how economic incentives for fishers can be realigned to ensure a discard ban is effective and what can be done to increase demand for low value fish, whether there is scientific evidence to support an exemption from the ban for fish with a high rate of survival when discarded and how any ban can be properly and fairly enforced across the EU.

The evidence session will take place at 11am on Wednesday 10 July 2013 in Committee Room 2, House of Lords.

The session will be webcast at and is also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament's Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.

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