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Economic feasibility study for the best use of unavoidable unwanted catches, avoiding creating incentives to the fisheries

This document is the fourth deliverable in work package six (WP6) of the DiscardLess project, which aims to contribute to the gradual elimination of the discards in the European fisheries, in agreement with the reformed Common Fisheries Policy of the EU and the implementation of the landing obligation (LO).

LO states that all species with TAC or MCRS have to be landed. This need the establishment of different in-land solution to the management of these Unavoidable Unwanted Catches (UUC) in order to retain the maximum value of these catches. However, the CPF states that these solutions may avoid the incentivation of fishing these UUC.

On the other hand, the increases the increase of onboard handling, that is already very time consuming and demanding, the expenses of the UUC handling, and the on-board space needed for the UUC storage may suppose an income reduction for fishermen, therefore valuable solution may be set-up for UUC management in order to minimise LO impact.

The present deliverable 6.4 intention is to look into the actual processing taking place using the UUC as raw-material. To have an idea of the amount of UUC landed and being ad viable for the processing industry and to get the data that can be used for making a cost-benefit analyses of the actions, many interviews were done in the three countries of Denmark, France and Spain. The overall conclusion of all the interviews is that there is nowhere a specific product is made from a single source of UUC, but the landed UUC fishes all end up in the raw-material stream of the processing industries, especially fish meal and fish oil industries.

Economic feasibility study for the best use of unavoidable unwanted catches reported in D6.2. Solution proposed need to be economically attractive for investors and at the same time have to avoid creating incentives to the fisheries.

Erling Larsen, Bruno Iñarra, Irene Peral