Consultation outcome

Common Fisheries Policy: implementing the pelagic 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 21 responses to this consultation.

Original consultation


Seeking views on the proposed method to implement the pelagic landing obligation, also known as a discard ban, in England.

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Consultation description

We want to know your views on how we should implement the landing obligation, also known as a discard ban, in English pelagic fisheries. The ban will mean that all fish caught in pelagic fisheries cannot be returned to the sea (or discarded), unless they’re covered by a specific exemption.

Pelagic fisheries are those in which fishermen primarily catch pelagic species (fish which swim together in the open sea) such as mackerel, herring and horse mackerel. This ban will come into force on 1 January 2015.

In particular, we are seeking views on proposed changes to how we manage:

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

This is 1 of 3 consultations we are asking you about as part of the new Common Fisheries Policy. You can read more about this package of reforms in the written ministerial statement. The other 2 consultations in this package are:

Published 31 March 2014
Last updated 24 July 2014 + show all updates
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