The impact of gear regulation changes on discard rates: the case of the Baltic Sea cod fishery

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

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Technical regulations have been introduced in almost all developed fisheries worldwide during the last 30 years. The main objective of these regulations has been to improve the state of the fishery or the stocks within by allowing juveniles and young individuals to escape. In the Baltic Sea, cod stocks have decline considerably over the past 30 years which has subsequently led to numerous legislations and policies being introduced to improving the state of the stocks. We evaluate whether the developments made to trawls used in the Baltic Sea cod fishery to improve selectivity and the increase in minimum landing size (MLS) have had any marked effect on the discard rates of the target species, cod. Results show that the gear regulation changes enforced in the Baltic demersal trawl fishery have had diverse effects on discard rates and are largely dependent on the gear, recruitment, and compliance by the fishermen
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICES Council Meeting 2012
VolumeC:02
PublisherInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Publication date2012
StatePublished
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