A UN conference in New York has accepted British calls for urgent action to conserve global fish stocks.

That means the United Nations, through its Review of Fish Stocks Agreement, is driving for the slashing of international capacity and a crackdown on over-fishing.

Proposals that will go before the UN General Council this autumn include bringing under collective and international control the fish stocks that are currently unmanaged.

The UN wants better co-operation between states and international bodies to tackle unregulated fishing.
The development of marine protected areas is also seen as crucial for the better management of managing fish stocks.

Ben Bradshaw, UK fisheries minister, said: "The plundering of our oceans is an environmental scandal that can only be solved at a global level.

"Every country in the world has a duty to support these changes."