Demersal Landing Obligation

The landing obligation will be introduced in fisheries of interest to the UK fleet from 2015 onwards, and will be introduced for all fisheries covered by the CFP by 2019.

The landing obligation is to be phased in fishery by fishery, starting with pelagic stocks on 1 January 2015, followed by demersal stocks (defined by fishery) on 1 January 2016, with the remainder between 2017 and 2019.

Member States drew up plans for which species will need to be landed by vessels in the North Sea and North West Waters between 2016 and 2019. The EU Commission has published discard plans for the North West Waters and the North Sea for 2016, 2017 and 2018 (see links below).

There are a number of documents and links below which explain generally what is meant by the demersal landing obligation and its legislative framework, and the issues it is raising for the seafood industry.


At EU and regional level

Demersal Discard Plans

Discard Atlases


At UK level

Marine Management Organisation

Marine Scotland


Welsh Government


Seafish briefing notes can be found below. For further information contact Karen Green