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The European Landing Obligation

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

  • 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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Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. Global and European Perspectives on Discard Policies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Strategies Used Throughout the World to Manage Fisheries Discards – Lessons for Implementation of the EU Landing Obligation

      • William A. Karp, Mike Breen, Lisa Borges, Mike Fitzpatrick, Steven J. Kennelly, Jeppe Kolding et al.
      Pages 3-26Open Access
    3. Discards in the Common Fisheries Policy: The Evolution of the Policy

      • Lisa Borges, Ernesto Penas Lado
      Pages 27-47Open Access
    4. Requirements for Documentation, Data Collection and Scientific Evaluations

      • Dominic Rihan, Sven S. Uhlmann, Clara Ulrich, Mike Breen, Tom Catchpole
      Pages 49-68Open Access
  3. Potential Social, Economic and Ecological Impacts of the Landing Obligation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 69-69
    2. Fishing Industry Perspectives on the EU Landing Obligation

      • Mike Fitzpatrick, Katia Frangoudes, Laurence Fauconnet, Antoni Quetglas
      Pages 71-87Open Access
    3. The Implementation of the Landing Obligation in Small-Scale Fisheries of Southern European Union Countries

      • Sebastian Villasante, Manel Antelo, Maria Christou, Laurence Fauconnet, Katia Frangoudes, Francesc Maynou et al.
      Pages 89-108Open Access
    4. Potential Economic Consequences of the Landing Obligation

      • Ayoe Hoff, Hans Frost, Peder Andersen, Raul Prellezo, Lucía Rueda, George Triantaphyllidis et al.
      Pages 109-128Open Access
    5. The Impact of Fisheries Discards on Scavengers in the Sea

      • Jochen Depestele, Jordan Feekings, David G. Reid, Robin Cook, Didier Gascuel, Raphael Girardin et al.
      Pages 129-162Open Access
  4. Cultural, Institutional and Multi-Jurisdictional Challenges

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 163-163
    2. How the Implementation of the Landing Obligation Was Weakened

      • Björn Stockhausen
      Pages 165-178Open Access
    3. Muddying the Waters of the Landing Obligation: How Multi-level Governance Structures Can Obscure Policy Implementation

      • Luc van Hoof, Marloes Kraan, Noor M. Visser, Emma Avoyan, Jurgen Batsleer, Brita Trapman
      Pages 179-196Open Access
    4. The Baltic Cod Trawl Fishery: The Perfect Fishery for a Successful Implementation of the Landing Obligation?

      • Daniel Valentinsson, Katja Ringdahl, Marie Storr-Paulsen, Niels Madsen
      Pages 197-218Open Access
  5. Tactical and Technological Options for Reducing Unwanted Catches

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 237-237
    2. A Marine Spatial Planning Approach to Minimize Discards: Challenges and Opportunities of the Landing Obligation in European Waters

      • José M. Bellido, Iosu Paradinas, Raúl Vilela, Guillermo Bas, Maria Grazia Pennino
      Pages 239-256Open Access
    3. The Best Way to Reduce Discards Is by Not Catching Them!

      • David G. Reid, Julia Calderwood, Pedro Afonso, Pierre Bourdaud, Laurence Fauconnet, José Manuel González-Irusta et al.
      Pages 257-278Open Access
    4. Discard Avoidance by Improving Fishing Gear Selectivity: Helping the Fishing Industry Help Itself

      • Finbarr G. O’Neill, Jordan Feekings, Robert J. Fryer, Laurence Fauconnet, Pedro Afonso
      Pages 279-296Open Access
    5. Mitigating Slipping-Related Mortality from Purse Seine Fisheries for Small Pelagic Fish: Case Studies from European Atlantic Waters

      • Ana Marçalo, Mike Breen, Maria Tenningen, Iñigo Onandia, Luis Arregi, Jorge M. S. Gonçalves
      Pages 297-318Open Access

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.


  • Discard
  • Fish By-catch
  • Marine spatial planning
  • European waters
  • Landing obligation
  • Ecosystems
  • Fish stocks
  • NGO
  • Fisheries policy
  • DiscardLess
  • Open Access
  • marine and freshwater sciences
  • natural resources and energy economics
  • Fish and Wildlife Biology

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

Bibliographic Information

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