Work package 4

POLICY OPTIONS FOR DISCARDS REDUCTION

Objectives:

The overall objective of WP4 is to provide policy recommendations that allow implementing the landings obligation taking into account consistency with the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy, in particular with Maximum Sustainability Yield goals, and contribute to the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, in particular Good Environmental Status (GES) descriptors 1, 3, 4. The results of this WP will comprise a collection of economic and policy instruments to incentivise selective fishing and best utilization of unwanted catches brought on land. The general objective will be complemented by the following partial objectives, as well as the performance of a variety of initiatives in order to improve the awareness of fisheries end users towards the main aspects of the European fisheries policies:

O4.1. Review the general policy framework at European and international level.

O4.2. Local-level policies to incentivise fishing with minimum unwanted catches.

O4.3. Economic instruments to ensure compliance: subsidies to change fishing gear; taxes on “discarders”; taxes to disincentivise for-profit commercialization of discards brought on land; eco-labelling compliant fisheries with “clean fishing” or “selective fishing” label.

O4.4. Ensure that the activities and achievements of MINOUW will be consistent with the objectives of the European Union Common Fisheries Policy and Marine Strategy Framework Directive.