Fisheries ministers agreed on Wednesday (27.2) to reforms of the EU common fisheries policy, but said that close to 10% of all fish caught can still be discarded, dead.
Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies described the loophole as a breach of the principle that all fish caught should be landed.
Davies, a prominent campaigner for reform of the EU common fisheries policy, pledged to continue efforts to end discards once and for all.
He said: “Significant progress has been made and that’s to be welcomed, but we should not be allowing any fish simply to be thrown away. It is not a sustainable approach.
“The final stage of the reform process involves negotiations between ministers and MEPs, and we shall want more progress before accepting that the deal is done.”