Lookup NU author(s): Tom Catchpole,
Professor Christopher Frid,
Professor Tim Gray
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Discards refer to that part of the catch returned to the sea during fishing operations. This study assesses the consequences, causes, and potential solutions to the discard problem using the example of North Sea fisheries. Fishermen's immediate objectives during fishing operations and the low confidence in projected gains from discard reduction measures have promoted use of unselective trawls while the poor enforcement of the quota system has exacerbated discard quantities. It is concluded that a reduction in discard rates is required for a long-term solution to the ecological and economic costs of discarding and the development of fishing opportunity incentives can promote the use of more selective fishing techniques. (c) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Author(s): Catchpole TL, Frid CLJ, Gray TS
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Marine Policy
ISSN (print): 0308-597X
ISSN (electronic): 1872-9460
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