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- May.04.2017: Fishing for influence. Fishing Industry lobbyists have used press passes to access the EU Council building during crucial ministerial negotiations on fishing quotas. The overfishing of many species continues, putting the commitments of the EU's reformed Common Fisheries Policy in jeopardy. But when the EU Council meets to set annual quota limits, the powerful commercial fishing industry lobbies successfully for catch limits far beyond scientifically recommended levels. This short-termist lobbying threatens the sustainability of many fish stocks and the long-term viability of fishing livelihoods. Corporate Europe Observatory, Seas at Risk, '