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Europe: Atlantic, Mediterranean widely overfished

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Fish hang on a bamboo fence to be dried, as fisherwomen clean fresh catch at a fishing colony in Mumbai, India, Friday, May 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) By Rafiq Maqbool Fish hang on a bamboo fence to be dried, as fisherwomen clean fresh catch at a fishing colony in Mumbai, India, Friday, May 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) By Rafiq Maqbool

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Officials say almost two thirds of Atlantic stocks are overfished while over 80 percent of Mediterranean stocks suffer the same fate.

The European Commission said Wednesday that even though the dismal figures show a slight improvement over the past seven years, sufficient scientific data was still missing to firm up the figures for most stocks because many fisheries nations are still not fully cooperating.

The Commission says it now wants to cut catch limits where insufficient data exists.

Scientists have long called for drastic cuts but governments have rarely heeded their advice for fear of losing political support in fishing communities.

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