This group was formerly the Discard Action Group and was originally set up as a forum for the discussion of industry-wide problems relating to discards.
From 2020 the Fisheries Management and Innovation Group has evolved from the Discard Action Group and the remit of the group has been expanded and broadened. As well as covering discards it also now covers technical, innovation, automation and (scientific) fisheries management issues relating to the catching sector.
The Fisheries Management and Innovation Group (FMIG) will cover:
- Delivering legislative and regulatory requirements: discards and meeting the requirements of the landing obligation including the use of existing flexibilities and exemptions, choke risks and mitigation measures; Bycatch Reduction Plans (BCRPs); Fully Documented Fisheries (FDF) schemes and other CFP flexibilities.
- Stock assessment issues: prioritised data limited stocks and the environmental impacts of wild capture fishing (both direct ecosystem issues and environmental footprint issues).
- Technology, Innovation and Automation: selective gear developments, geographical digital traceability and fleet efficiency issues etc.
FMIG goes online
Following the cancellation of the face-to-face meeting on Wednesday 8 April 2020 we are developing a series of shorter online FMIG sessions over the summer. We are still hoping to hold the first in-person meeting of the Fisheries Management and Innovation Group on Wednesday 16 September 2020 in London.
Details about the online events are coming soon.