A wasted resource: cod discards in the North Sea

Publication: ResearchConference abstract in proceedings – Annual report year: 2012

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The public, political, and stakeholder perception of fisheries discards is that they are a waste of a valuable resource. In the North Sea, fisheries discards are some of the highest in the world. Cod (Gadus morhua) has contributed considerably to the amount discarded. The declining cod stock within the North Sea has resulted in changes in technical measures, effort restrictions, closed areas, and the establishment of a recovery programme for cod; all which have attempted to reduce the amount discarded. Here, we combine European Union discard data from seven Member States to describe the trends, spatially and temporally, in discarding over the past decade while pinpointing the major reasons to why it occurs. We discuss how such information can be used to improve future fishing activities and their subsequent catch compositions under a discard
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICES CM
VolumeC:31
PublisherInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea
Publication date2012
StatePublished
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