Guides on the discard ban, how the rules apply, selling undersize fish, reporting requirements and quota management.
If you target certain demersal quota species you will be subject to the demersal landing obligation (discard ban) from 1 January 2016.
Not all demersal fish are immediately affected from this date because the EU is gradually introducing the new rules. Which rules apply to you depend on the sea area you fish in and the gear you use. Find out which apply to you. You must follow the pelagic landing obligation rules if you target any pelagic quota species (e.g. mackerel and herring). For species which are not subject to the landing obligation, follow the current rules.
Guidance for fishermen
Which fish come under the landing obligation, what you have to do with them on board your vessel and which you can sell for human consumption.
Guidance for ports, markets, agents and other businesses
Information on how to handle undersize fish.
- Statutory guidance
Fishery specific guidance
The rules and exemptions which apply in the North Sea and North Western Water.