The House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee’s report The EU fisheries landing obligation: six months on has concluded that the UK government does not know the extent of compliance…
An inquiry last year by the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee concluded the UK would not be prepared to ensure compliance with the Landing Obligation as it…
A report by the House of Lords has found that the UK is unprepared for the full implementation of the Landing Obligation, and found during its examination of the issue at the end of last year that there was little evidence of the LO being observed and that discarding is likely to continue.
Due to be launched in December, GearingUp is designed as an interactive approach to finding ways to share information on reducing by-catches and consequently reducing discards. Led by Cefas and developed with fishermen, the Gearing Up project will give the industry straightforward access to gear trials from across northern Europe.
One of the founders of the EMK movement in Holland that has voiced the industry opinion that the landing obligation is unworkable, Dirk Kraak has been fishing for 36 years, and has been sailing as skipper for 33 of those.
A delegation of fishermen representing the EMK (Eendracht Maakt Kracht, Strength through Unity) group opposed to the discard ban have today present a petition to Elisa Roller, Director of DG Mare, the EU department responsible for implementing the landing obligation.
An assessment by Philip Taylor, campaign manager for Open Seas, and Griffin Carpenter, an economic modeller at the New Economics Foundation, concludes that fears of a choke on fishing in the UK’s hake, saithe, whiting and haddock fisheries in 2016 did not materialise.
Commenting on the claim by WWF Scotland that the discard ban is being inadequately policed, SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong commented that no-one hates discarding more than fishermen.
Skippers, trawl makers and gear technologists are being urged to participate in the second phase of projects now being called by the Gear Innovation and Technology Advisory Group (GITAG) to develop and trial innovative new types of fishing gear aimed at reducing discards.
The discard ban has a colossal potential for chaos, according to Johan Nooitgedagt of Dutch fishermen’s association De Nederlandse Vissersbond.