As one of the most important issues currently facing the fishing industry, reducing or eliminating discards is a high priority.
There is no doubt that the discarding of fish wastes resources and there is an urgent need to implement measures to reduce the level of discards wherever possible. Initiatives can be classified under a number of key areas:
- Selective gear technology
- Management of fishing effort
- Regulatory controls
- Increasing market demand for under-utilised species
- Data collection
More information about these industry discard activities can be obtained from Karen Green.