Discarding of cod in the Danish Fully Documented Fisheries trials

Type Article
Date 2015-07
Language English
Author(s) Ulrich ClaraORCID1, Olesen Hans Jakob1, Bergsson HeidrikurORCID2, Egekvist Josefine1, Hakansson Kirsten Birch1, Dalskov Jorgen1, Kindt-Larsen Lotte1, Storr-Paulsen Marie1
Affiliation(s) 1 : Tech Univ Denmark, Natl Inst Aquat Resources DTU Aqua, DK-2920 Charlottenlund, Denmark.
2 : Danish AgriFish Agcy, Minist Food Agr & Fisheries Denmark, DK-1780 Copenhagen, Denmark.
Source Ices Journal Of Marine Science (1054-3139) (Oxford Univ Press), 2015-07 , Vol. 72 , N. 6 , P. 1848-1860
DOI 10.1093/icesjms/fsv028
WOS© Times Cited 20
Keyword(s) catch quota management, data collection, discard, electronic monitoring, Fully Documented Fisheries, landing obligation, North Sea cod
Abstract Denmark was the first nation in Europe to promote the use of Fully Documented Fisheries (FDF) through Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM) and CCTV camera systems, with pilot schemes in place since 2008. In theory, such a scheme could supplement and even potentially replace expensive control and monitoring programmes; and when associated with a catch quota management (CQM) system, incentivize positive changes in fishing patterns in a results-based management approach. New data flows are, however, required to ensure the practical implementation of such a scheme. This paper reviews the quality of the FDF data collected during 2008-2014 and their potential in strengthening information on cod discards. The analyses demonstrate the improved reporting of discards in logbooks and overall discard reductions, but they also show that some uncertainties around the absolute estimates of discard quantities have remained. Regular validation of weight estimation methods and close collaboration between scientific monitoring and control are important to support the use of reported discards as a reliable source of information. We discuss the potential of electronic monitoring in the context of the EU landing obligation.
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Ulrich Clara, Olesen Hans Jakob, Bergsson Heidrikur, Egekvist Josefine, Hakansson Kirsten Birch, Dalskov Jorgen, Kindt-Larsen Lotte, Storr-Paulsen Marie (2015). Discarding of cod in the Danish Fully Documented Fisheries trials. Ices Journal Of Marine Science, 72(6), 1848-1860. Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsv028 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00589/70099/