Bycatch and discards: from improved knowledge to mitigation programmes Introduction

Type Article
Date 2014-07
Language English
Author(s) Rochet Marie-Joelle1, Catchpole Tom2, Cadrin Steve3
Affiliation(s) 1 : IFREMER, F-44311 Nantes 03, France.
2 : Ctr Environm Fisheries & Aquaculture Sci Cefas, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England.
3 : Sch Marine Sci & Technol, Dept Fisheries Oceanog, Fairhaven, MA 02719 USA.
Source Ices Journal Of Marine Science (1054-3139) (Oxford Univ Press), 2014-07 , Vol. 71 , N. 5 , P. 1216-1218
DOI 10.1093/icesjms/fsu039
WOS© Times Cited 24
Note Contribution to the Themed Section: ‘Bycatch and discards: from improved knowledge to mitigation programmes’
Keyword(s) bycatch and discards, catch quotas, compliance, landing obligation, landing quotas, market incentives, minimum landing sizes, onboard observer programmes, selectivity
Abstract Discarding is considered by many as an important problem in world fisheries. In many regions, data collection onboard commercial vessels has intensified, and the understanding of both human and ecological drivers of discards is improving quickly. Discarding patterns vary widely across regions, fisheries, gears, and species. Fishers' responses to regulations and markets explain these complex patterns, on top of resource availability partly driven by environmental fluctuations. This expanded knowledge base provides an appropriate basis for discussing the discard mitigation measures proposed in various settings. In September 2012, a theme session was convened at the ICES Annual Science Conference in Bergen, Norway, to discuss these issues. This themed set of articles includes several of the studies presented at the theme session. Owing to the wide diversity of drivers and reasons for discarding, no single management measure or even framework is expected to address the issue. Rather, discard mitigation measures need to be tailored to each particular fishery, or even species within a fishery, and the effectiveness of solutions is greatest when they are used in combination with other approaches. Bottom-up approaches to bycatch and discard management, which involve incentive-based solutions to bycatch problems, were agreed to be the most promising.
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