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Workshop on discards

Brussels, 27-28 May 2008

The European Commission organized a workshop on discards on the 27-28 May 2008 in Brussels. The purpose of this workshop was to bring together specialists, practitioners and all stakeholders in order to exchange views, experiences and best practices in discard mitigation measures.

Agenda and presentations


27 May 2008
09h30Welcome and opening speech "State of Play" by Commissioner Joe Borg pdf - 17 KB [17 KB]
09h50Implementation of the policy to reduce unwanted by-catch and eliminate discards in European fisheries. Lisa Borges, DG MARE pdf - 833 KB [833 KB]

Questions from the floor


Baltic & North Sea

Selectivity improvements in Nephrops fisheries in the Kattegat. Daniel Valentinsson, Fiskeriverket, Sweden.

11h15"Stop Discard" and "Fehmarn Landing Obligation Study (FLOS)" - two German small scale studies to test different approaches to a reduction of discards. Christopher Zimmermann, BFA, Germany. pdf - 396 KB [396 KB]
11h45 Determining the magnitude of discards in Baltic cod catches and further action with regard to them if no-discard fisheries is implemented. Zbigniew Karnicki, Sea Fisheries Institute, Poland. pdf - 475 KB [475 KB]


North Sea
 Monitoring and research on discards of the demersal Dutch fishery. Tammo Bult, IMARES, Netherlands pdf - 192 KB [192 KB]
12h45Providing a baseline for current discard rates in the Belgian beam trawl: work in progress. Dieter Anseeuw, ILVO, Belgium pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]


Western Waters
14h45Recent developments in the UK on discarding issues. Andy Revill, CEFAS and FRS, UK.  pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]
15h15Selectivity improvement in bottom Nephrops trawls operating in the Bay of Biscay. Thierry Guigue, Aglia, France pdf - 4 MB [4 MB] français (fr)


Mediterranean Sea
16h15The use of square mesh codend and TEDs (Turtle excluder devices) to reduce the discard in bottom trawl. Alessandro Lucchetti, CNR-ISMAR, Italy pdf - 4 MB [4 MB]
16h45Discard in the Northern Adriatic Sea multi-gear fishing activities: ecological consequences and implications for mitigation strategies. Sasa Raicevich, ICRAM, Italy. pdf - 5 MB [5 MB]
17h15 Main elements of the Norwegian discard policy, experiences and future. Cecilie Kvamme, IMR and Aksel Eikemo, Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries, Norway.
17h45Ban the wasteful – NGO's position towards a sustainable future of EU-fisheries. Karoline Schacht, WWF, Germany pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

28 May 2008

09h30MABL for area VII Nephrops – What can gear technology deliver? Dominic Rihan, BIM, Ireland pdf - 194 KB [194 KB]
10h00Discard evaluation from the EU FP5 EASE Concerted Action, and bio-economic evaluation of different gear selective devices in mixed Nephrops fisheries in Skagerrak-Kattegat. Rasmus Nielsen, DTU Aqua, Denmark. pdf - 590 KB [590 KB]  
10h30An analysis of pilot studies conducted in the EU to reduce discards. Andy Revill, CEFAS, UK.
11h30Electronic monitoring of fishing activities. Morgan Dyas, Archipelago, Canada. pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]
12h00General Debate and Summary