LogoDiscardLess Strategies for the gradual elimination of discards in European fisheries

Report on changes in indicators of economic impact and in qualitative evaluation of potential social impact of the landing obligation over the course of the project

Report Highlights and key results

LO implementation was negatively criticised by fishers.

Fishers perceive LO as top down decision responding to the interest of other economic sectors or lobby forces.

Fishers consider that LO will impact negatively their activity.

Change of negative opinion need communication about LO using the right arguments.

Fisheries managers (PO’s) who understood why LO should be implemented used the right arguments to convince fishers to register discardd in logbook.

Methods used
Interviews, Organisation of focus groups, Analysis of qualititave data, Quantitative survey (postal in France and face to face in Greece) and analysis.

How these results can be used and by who?
The results can be used by policy makers at regional, national and EU level. But also by fisheries managers and fishers’ representatives as well scientists interesting about this issue.

The results of this task were used for the publication of two chapters in the DiscardLess book and one Article. The results of the survey can be used for publication of Articles in specialized relevant Journals.

Policy implications
Clarification of some aspects of the Article 15 of Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 is recommended because it can help the implementation of the LO.

Katia Frangoudes