Talks on Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform are seeing important changes in moves to eliminate discards, reduce fishing fleets and rebuild fish stocks.
The original aim of repopulating stocks by 2015 is facing a five-year delay.
"The question is very basic - do EU fisheries ministers have the courage to end overfishing or not?" said Markus Knigge, advisor to the Pew Environment Group.
The European Commission says ministers must preserve pillars of the original proposal if they want to bring meaningful change.
"We need firm dates for MSY, and we need a firm and effective discard ban as part of the basic rules," said [Commissioner Maria] Damanaki.
Read the full article, EU Fishing Reforms Face Weakening, on the BBC website