Title: A review of the European Union landing obligation focusing on its implications for fisheries and the environment
Authors: GUILLEN GARCIA JORDIHOLMES STEVENDENTES DE CARVALHO GASPAR NATACHACASEY JOHNDOERNER HENDRIKGIBIN MAURIZIOMANNINI ALESSANDROVASILAKOPOULOS PARASKEVASZANZI ANTONELLA
Citation: SUSTAINABILITY vol. 10 no. 4 p. 900
Publisher: MDPI AG
Publication Year: 2018
JRC N°: JRC110912
ISSN: 2071-1050
URI: http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/4/900
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC110912
DOI: 10.3390/su10040900
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Discarding is a common practice in fisheries. Total discards are estimated to be about 30 million tonnes, representing around 23% of the world-wide catches. Discarding is an undesirable practice, not only because of the waste of resources, but also because of its contribution to the overexploitation of fish stocks. Several countries have already established discard bans, to different extents (e.g. Norway, Iceland, Chile, New Zealand). The EU’s landing obligation (discard ban) is a major measure of the latest reform of the Common Fisheries Policy for EU fisheries. It aims to reduce unwanted catches in EU fisheries, by incentivising improved selectivity and restoring fish stocks to levels that can sustain the maximum production over time without harming the biodiversity and the capacity of future generations to obtain fish. However, banning discards will inevitably induce diverse short- and long-term ecological, economic and social impacts, which may determine whether the landings obligation’s objectives will be achieved.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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