EU fisheries chief calls for widespread changes

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The European Union's fisheries chief says fishing practices have to change drastically as soon as possible to safeguard ever-dwindling stocks.

EU Fisheries Commissioner Joe Borg says the annual fight by member states to win the largest catch quotas and fishing rights rewarded "narrow-minded, short-term decision making," frustrating environmentalists and the fishing industry.

To counter that, Borg proposed on Wednesday an overall review of practices on how sustainable fishing in European waters should be introduced. His proposal will need the backing of EU governments.

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