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EU tightens fishing rules in its eastern waters

  • FILE - In this 2002 file photo, a French fishing boat sails to clog the warterway, along with dozens of other ships, during a protest off the coast of Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. European Union nations on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 have reached a deal to tighten fishing rules in its eastern waters and edge closer toward a fully sustainable industry by 2020 but environmentalists said quotas still allowed for too much overfishing. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

    FILE - In this 2002 file photo, a French fishing boat sails to clog the warterway, along with dozens of other ships, during a protest off the coast of Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. European Union nations on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 have reached a deal to tighten fishing rules in its eastern waters and edge closer toward a fully sustainable industry by 2020 but environmentalists said quotas still allowed for too much overfishing. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2009 file photo, Fernand Pawels of the Verbiest Fish Company in Antwerp, Belgium, unpacks a crate of fresh Codfish at the company warehouse. European Union nations on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 have reached a deal to tighten fishing rules in its eastern waters and edge closer toward a fully sustainable industry by 2020 but environmentalists said quotas still allowed for too much overfishing. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2009 file photo, Fernand Pawels of the Verbiest Fish Company in Antwerp, Belgium, unpacks a crate of fresh Codfish at the company warehouse. European Union nations on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 have reached a deal to tighten fishing rules in its eastern waters and edge closer toward a fully sustainable industry by 2020 but environmentalists said quotas still allowed for too much overfishing. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this 2002 file photo, a French fishing boat sails to clog the warterway, along with dozens of other ships, during a protest off the coast of Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. European Union nations on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 have reached a deal to tighten fishing rules in its eastern waters and edge closer toward a fully sustainable industry by 2020 but environmentalists said quotas still allowed for too much overfishing. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

    FILE - In this 2002 file photo, a French fishing boat sails to clog the warterway, along with dozens of other ships, during a protest off the coast of Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. European Union nations on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 have reached a deal to tighten fishing rules in its eastern waters and edge closer toward a fully sustainable industry by 2020 but environmentalists said quotas still allowed for too much overfishing. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)  (The Associated Press)

European Union nations have reached a deal to tighten fishing rules in its eastern waters and edge closer toward a fully sustainable industry by 2020 but environmentalists said quotas still allowed for too much overfishing.

After marathon talks that started Monday and finished only early Wednesday, EU fisheries ministers said that more stocks will be fished at maximum sustainable yield in the hope of pushing more species to within safe biological limits after decades of overfishing in the vast EU eastern waters.

The PEW trust said, however, that too many stocks would still be hunted with quotas that go beyond scientific advice.

Gabriela Matecna, the Slovak minister who chaired the meeting, said a compromise was needed for "the sustainability of our fish stocks, but also that of our fisheries."