How Danish fisheries can exploit the CFP discard ban—An elucidation (39075)

Project Details


European fisheries should ultimately operate without discards. This is clearly expressed by both the European Union and the most important fishery nations outside the Union in Europe. This is in accordance with the overall intention to reduce the ecological impact through changing production and consumption patterns. The most important tool introduced by the Union is the Landing Obligation (LO).

The new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) will move towards a gradual elimination of discards on a case-by-case basis (EC, 2013). This policy is fully implemented in 2019. To be in due time, before the implementation of the LO, a project trying to describe the consequence of this new policy, was done in the years 2012 to 2014. The state of the art of knowledge of discard and the future use of this fraction that will be landed have been evaluated.

The final report suggests that the practical implementation of the LO-principle may take place as a scheme where large scale trials on results based management demonstrate the possible needs of prescriptive regulation in addition to full catch accountability.

The report thoroughly investigates the issues related to a management that can give the fishermen the incentive and tools to comply with full catch accountability It assesses the amounts of discard and offal in Danish fisheries and it points to solutions regarding handling and marketing of the “discard fraction” in the form of fresh raw material or silage solutions.

The report recommended to:
- Evaluate the economy of a silage solution on vessels and in relevant harbours. The evaluation should be made as a commercial venture projects including storage, handling distribution, marketing and economic performance.
- Analyse the values fish under reference sizes if sold for human consumption.
- Establish reliable and cheap methods to quantify species composition in silage.

This project was coordinated by DTU Aqua and funded by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and the European Fisheries Fund (EFF).

Research area: Fisheries Management
Research area: Population Genetics
Effective start/end date01/01/201231/12/2014