Consultation outcome

Common Fisheries Policy: implementation of the demersal landing obligation (discard ban) in England

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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We received 75 responses to this consultation. The responses will be considered in the development of the government response. A government response has been published.

Original consultation


Seeking views on implementing the demersal landing obligation, also known as a discard ban, in England.

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Consultation description

We are seeking views on how we should implement the demersal landing obligation in England. The demersal landing obligation is a ban on the discarding of fish. This prevents fish being thrown back into the sea after being caught, except when subject to specific exemptions.

Demersal fisheries are those in which fishermen primarily catch demersal species (fish which live and feed close to or on the seabed) such as cod, haddock, sole and plaice.

In particular, we are seeking views on five keys areas of implementation including:

  • phasing in of the landing obligation
  • quota management
  • access to exemptions
  • catch management
  • monitoring and enforcement

The landing obligation for demersal fisheries will come into force gradually between 1 January 2016 and 1 January 2019.

Implementation of the demersal landing obligation is one of several measures that will contribute towards achieving Good Environmental Status in our seas.

Published 23 January 2015
Last updated 19 October 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated to show that a government response has now been published.
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