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The European Landing Obligation

Reducing Discards in Complex, Multi-Species and Multi-Jurisdictional Fisheries

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  • Provides a global overview of the European Landing Obligation policy, of its complexity and its challenges
  • Balances diverging views of different actors and stakeholders regarding the goals of the policy and its implementation process
  • Discusses various technical and scientific approaches to discard mitigation, based on, among others, the most recent outcomes of the EU research projects DiscardLess and MINOUW

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About this book

This open access book provides a comprehensive examination of the European Landing Obligation policy from many relevant perspectives. It includes evaluations of its impacts at economical, socio-cultural, ecological and institutional levels. It also discusses the feasibility and benefits of several potential mitigation strategies. The book was timely published, exactly at the time where the Landing Obligation was planned to be fully implemented. This book is of significant interest to all stakeholders involved, but also to the general public of Europe and to other jurisdictions throughout the world that are also searching for ways to deal with by-catch and discard issues.

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Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. Global and European Perspectives on Discard Policies

  2. Potential Social, Economic and Ecological Impacts of the Landing Obligation

  3. Cultural, Institutional and Multi-Jurisdictional Challenges

  4. Tactical and Technological Options for Reducing Unwanted Catches

Editors and Affiliations

  • Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Oostende, Belgium

    Sven Sebastian Uhlmann

  • Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

    Clara Ulrich

  • IC Independent Consulting, Cronulla, Australia

    Steven J. Kennelly

About the editors

Sebastian Uhlmann, Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Animal Sciences Unit, Fisheries and Aquatic Production, Oostende, Belgium 

Clara Ulrich, Technical University Denmark (DTU), National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Section for Ecosystem based Marine Management, Charlottenlund, Denmark 

Steve Kennelly, IC Independent Consulting, Sydney, Australia

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