Implementation of the landing obligation in Europe
The recent reform of the European Union's (EU) Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) introduced a landing obligation for all EU fishing vessels for certain species and fisheries starting from 2015. This discarding prohibition is an important example of a recent trend in fisheries management to limit discarding, reflecting successful public opinion campaigns that see it as a waste of resources (Borges, 2015). Its primary objective is to reduce unwanted catch (European Union, 2013), while at the same time to promote sustainable fisheries by reducing fishing mortality of low commercial value sizes and species.
A new article by Lisa Borges (2016) looks at the effect the introduction of the landing obligation has had on EU fisheries. Read the full article here.