Title: Discard mitigation – what we can learn from waste minimization practices in other natural resources?
Citation: MARINE POLICY vol. 36 no. 1 p. 90-95
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC63947
ISSN: 0308-597X
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308597X11000704
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2011.03.011
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Solutions to the problem of discarding in fisheries have been debated for decades. Despite this attention, measures to ameliorate discarding have had limited success. Regulators, researchers, and industry continue to struggle with fisheries management and foregone yield in the face of the continued wastage of valuable resources due to discarding. Waste minimization and by-product utilization are powerful imperatives in other sectors that are also reliant on the harvest of natural resources. This paper considers the performance of these sectors in waste minimization and by-product utilization, with the aim of dentifying practices and processes that may be applied to ameliorate discarding in fisheries. This paper describes the handling, utilization, and mitigation of discards and waste in the livestock farming, agriculture, mining, and waste management industries, and in particular, in forestry. In terms of biological impact, economic objectives, and management approaches the harvesting of trees has substantial similarities to industrialized fishing. However, the forestry sector has found ways to utilize almost 100% of the natural product harvest by establishing markets and new products. Analogous developments within the fishing industry could substantially improve sustainability through reduced levels of discarding and wastage. Based on the experiences of these sectors it is suggested that evaluations of potential Management Strategies are developed to specifically examine discard mitigation approaches on a broader scale than previously conducted.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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