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Policy Briefs and Mitigation Toolbox

Policy Briefs and Mitigation Toolbox

DiscardLess summarises the knowledge gained during the project into a number of easily accessible documents. A lot of this is also available in the downloadable suite of free book chapters, and is also summarised in the presentations from the closing conference in Copenhagen, January 2019 and in particular the session V: Future perspectives for the Landing Obligation.


Here you find links to our annual policy briefs on key issues linked with the landing obligation, together with key publications and reports:

2016: Baltic and Pelagic Fisheries

2017: Mediterranean Fisheries

2018: North Sea and Western waters fisheries

2018: Conflicts and trade-offs in implementing the CFP discard policy

2019: Guidelines for the implementation of the discard policy in EU regions

2019: Discard policies in other regions of the world

2019: The Managers’ story: incentives for discard mitigation and compliance


A feature article on the first year of the landing obligation (Borges, 2016) was published and can be accessed here:

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)


Our Discard Mitigation Strategies (DMS) ToolBox provides an overview of most of our technical and scientific results. The toolbox is continuously updated with new stories and knowledge. A synthesis of the DMS analysed in the various regions is also available.


Basic information about the project is provided in few short videos: 

DiscardLess: The end of the project. What have we done, what have we learned?

DiscardLess in the Mediterranean Sea

DiscardLess - Fishing gear and selectivity

DiscardLess - How do we get there? - emphasizes the role of technology

DiscardLess Stakeholders - emphasizes the importance of involving stakeholders in identifying problems and solutions in relation to discard mitigation and the landing obligation


You may also visit our annual summaries by region:

The Azores
The Eastern Mediterranean Sea
The Western Mediterranean Sea
The Bay of Biscay
The Celtic Sea
The Eastern English Channel
The North Sea and West of Scotland
The Icelandic Sea
The Barents Sea


A study on the implementation of discard policies in a number of countries (Borges et. al, 2016) has been published:

Oxford Academic Journals