DiscardLess Strategies for the gradual elimination of discards in European fisheries

Researchers and stakeholders working together to reduce discards in European fisheries

DiscardLess helps provide the knowledge, tools and technologies as well as the involvement of the stakeholders to achieve the gradual elimination of discarding. These will be integrated into Discard Mitigation Strategies (DMS) proposing cost-effective solutions at all stages of the seafood supply chain.

The first focus is on preventing the unwanted catches from ever being caught.

The second focus is on making best use of the unavoidable unwanted catch.

DiscardLess evaluates the impacts of discarding on the marine environment, on the economy, and across the wider society. We evaluate these impacts before, during and after the implementation of the landing obligation, allowing comparison between intentions and outcomes.


Appropriate economic and social criteria to evaluate the Discard Mitigation Strategies and the defined management scenarios

Economic and social indicators (D2.2) :  in D2.2, the economic and social criteria to evaluate discard mitigation strategies are identified. These criteria can be divided in three groups: changes in…

Identification of standard ecosystem evaluation criteria for the assessment of the Discard Mitigation Strategies

Ecological indicators (D1.2) : In D1.2, DiscardLess defined the criteria and indicators to be used in determining the effects of discards on marine ecosystems. The indicators have been developed to…

Catalogue of selective devices tested in Danish Fisheries (in Danish)

In this report (In Danish) we gather knowledge and experience from fishing gear selectivity trials conducted in Danish waters over the last decade. The primary focus is on the by-catch of…

Report on the available economic data related to discard, on bio-economic fishery models, on the current knowledge on discard incentives, perception, attitudes and resulting fisher behaviour and on knowledge gaps for all case studies fisheries

Fishery scale (D2.1): D2.1 is a review of knowledge base of the economic and social aspects of and incentives to discarding. The review is based on (i) a literature survey…

Review on the current effect of discarding on fish stocks and marine ecosystems; on data, knowledge and models of discarding

Ecosystem-scale (D1.1) :  Discarding of aquatic organisms is a global problem in the world’s fisheries. The present document attempts to understand why discarding occurs, how discarding can be reduced, the…

Fate of discard trial

By Jordan Feekings and Ludvig Krag