The Landing Obligation and its Implications on the Control of Fisheries
The European-Parliament recently published a study on The Landing Obligation and its Implications on the Control of Fisheries.
The study reviews the impacts of the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) rules requiring catches in regulated fisheries to be landed and counted against quotas of each Member State. The study estimates the level of discarded fish likely to be covered by the new rules, the impact of the rules on EU fisheries and the regulatory challenges and responses to them.
The fishmeal industry purchases considerable amounts of trimmings and unwanted/undersized landing every year to be used for feed for aquaculture. The Study recognizes this and emphasizes that:
"Across the Member States, the final destinations of the unwanted catches include processing into fish meal and fish oil, food ingredients, biogas, pet food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and pot bait. Of these utilisation routes, processing into fishmeal and fish oil appears to show the highest potential. This utilisation route is already well developed to utilise all finfish species, in Germany, Spain, England and Sweden".
Read the full study HERE