Fisheries discards. (Photo: CSIC)
Fishing entrepreneurs advocate discard gradual reduction
Thursday, May 24, 2012, 16:30 (GMT + 9)
The Spanish Fisheries Confederation (Cepesca) insists that the reduction of fish discards can be achieved through the flexibility of fisheries management in the European Union (EU).
For the entity, most of the EU fleet discards are forced and originate in the European legislation.
Therefore, Cepesca advocates discard reduction gradually, analyzing each particular fishery and trying to offer ‘tailor-made’ solutions.
"The minimization of discards is one of Cepesca´s priorities," states the organization.
To meet this objective, the organization participates in more than 12 research projects in order to achieve:
- The improved selectivity and selection of fishing gear;
- The proper use of discarded resources;
- The introduction of new disposable species in the market;
- The use of by-products or of ecological baits.
"We are convinced that flexibility is essential for community fisheries management systems focusing on a type of management that relies on individual rights transferable across the EU, based on science and applied research and an the update of the relative stability principle ," adds Cepesca.
In addition, it is stressed that "it should be necessary to strengthen research and collaboration among scientists, managers and the industry, and to make a thorough economic impact assessment before implementing a new system."
So as to reduce discards it should also be necessary to ensure the establishment of adequate by-catch quotas in all fisheries, "All ships should leave port with the expected catch quotas," Cepesca notes in a press release.
In case there are fishing closures in real time, it is suggested that the industry should coordinate the outbreak and the reopening of those banned areas.
The Federation maintains that it is necessary to solve the landing and marketing of the product with unregulated sizes or without a quota before forcing to unload it, and incentives should be sought to offset the additional costs of all the actions taken.
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