UK fishermen see next phase of the discard ban
Fishermen targeting certain demersal species such as haddock, sole and plaice must land all their catch, Fisheries Minister, George Eustice, has announced.
The demersal discard ban which took effect on 1st January is the latest phase of the wider discard ban which will bring an end to the wasteful practice of throwing fish back, dead, overboard. It follows the introduction of the pelagic landing obligation in January 2015, targeting mid-water species such as blue whiting, herring and mackerel.
To support the industry and help fishermen adapt, the ban will be introduced in phases and a number of flexibilities such as more freedom to bank and borrow quota and funding for new fishing gear are available.