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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. Tactical and Technological Options for Reducing Unwanted Catches

    1. Onboard and Vessel Layout Modifications

      • Jónas R. Viðarsson, Marvin I. Einarsson, Erling P. Larsen, Julio Valeiras, Sigurður Örn Ragnarsson
      Pages 319-331Open Access
    2. What to Do with Unwanted Catches: Valorisation Options and Selection Strategies

      • Bruno Iñarra, Carlos Bald, Marta Cebrián, Luis T. Antelo, Amaya Franco-Uría, José Antonio Vázquez et al.
      Pages 333-359Open Access
  2. Control, Monitoring and Surveillance

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 361-361
    2. Tools and Technologies for the Monitoring, Control and Surveillance of Unwanted Catches

      • Kelly M. James, Neill Campbell, Jónas R. Viðarsson, Carlos Vilas, Kristian S. Plet-Hansen, Lisa Borges et al.
      Pages 363-382Open Access
    3. Monitoring the Implementation of the Landing Obligation: The Last Haul Programme

      • Miguel Nuevo, Cristina Morgado, Antonello Sala
      Pages 383-406Open Access
    4. Possible Uses of Genetic Methods in Fisheries Under the EU Landing Obligation

      • Magnus Wulff Jacobsen, Brian Klitgaard Hansen, Einar Eg Nielsen
      Pages 407-427Open Access
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 429-431

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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Hardcover Book USD 59.99
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