The EU opened talks Monday to debate fishing quotas for the coming year. Dwindling fish stocks are now forcing representatives to consider stricter catch limits in hopes of minimizing overfishing.
From the tiniest of plankton to the blue whale, the world's oceans are home to more species than anywhere else on the planet. But with overfishing threatening the future of fish stocks, the European Union has begun examining current quotas to chart a more sustainable way forward in 2011.
The EU Commission estimates that nearly 90 percent of EU fish stocks are overfished, and 30 percent are "outside safe biological limits."
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EU pushes for sustainable fishing quotas