Data collection

A key problem caused by discards is that unrecorded discarding prevents accurate estimation of fish mortality, and so hampers the scientific assessment of stocks.

Although voluntary the FAO International Guidelines on Bycatch Management and Reduction of Discards constitute an instrument of reference to help Member States and fisheries management bodies formulate and implement appropriate measures for the management of bycatch and reduction of discards in all fisheries and regions of the world.

More information is available in this PDF by the FAO.