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Commercial fishing devastates Europe's oceans-WWF

Sep 27,2006 SACN


GENEVA, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Commercial fishing methods threaten to devastate Europe's oceans, WWF International said on Wednesday.

The Swiss-headquartered environmental group, formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund, noted that up to 80 percent of some North Sea plaice catches are thrown overboard dead or dying due to their small size.

Two sharks are killed for every one swordfish caught illegally off Morocco for the European market, WWF said.

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"....He agreed there had been a problem with North Sea plaice stocks for many years, but said it should be remembered that there was still a 20,000 tonne annual quota for North Sea Cod and to suggest that people should not buy cod could be seen as a kick in the teeth for North Sea fishermen."

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