The Discard Action Group

The Discard Action Group (DAG) is a forum for the discussion of industry-wide problems relating to discards (those parts of the catch which are returned to the sea).

Purpose of the Discard Action Group 

The DAG was set up by Seafish in 2009 in light of the many initiatives being adopted by the fishing industry to reduce discards. It is a prime example of an integrated, interdisciplinary approach and the only UK cross-industry group addressing the discards issue from all perspectives.

Members of the Discard Action Group

The group has representatives from the catching sector, environmental non-governmental organisations, legislators, regulators, technologists, scientists, retailers, foodservice and, where appropriate, the media. It is a key forum to allow individual interests to have a voice in the debate and to explore means by which discarding can be reduced.

When the Group meets

The group is chaired by Mike Park, Chief Executive of the Scottish White Fish Producers Association Limited. The group meets twice a year.

The presentations and minutes from these meetings are below. The last meeting was on Tuesday 2 April 2019. The next meeting is on Wednesday 6 November 2019 in London. We have archived presentations and minutes from previous meetings but these are available from Karen Green.

Introduction of the Landing Obligation

Seafish is undertaking a lot of work with regards to the introduction of the Landing Obligation (which will be introduced gradually, between 2015 and 2019 for all commercial fisheries (species under TACs, or under minimum sizes) in European waters. 

We are providing valuable services to industry and government and our coordination role in communicating about ongoing projects is limiting duplication of work.

Key work areas for Seafish are: economic implications; gear selectivity; the Seafish Discard Action Group; briefings and guidance; outreach; a project to assess the impact of the LO on the UK supply chain; sectoral support; and marketing and communications.  For a summary of the work that Seafish is doing click here.

Minutes from Previous Meetings +

Presentations from 2 April 2019 meeting: +

Presentations from 10 October 2018 meeting: +

Presentations from 13 February 2018 meeting: +

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