Final report from the 2012 trials showing discards of stocks have been drastically reduced by North Sea and West Channel fishermen.
2012’s trials increased the number of vessels and species from 2011.
|Stock||Gear type||Average discard rate for UK vessels in 2011 (%)||Trial discard rate (%)|
|North Sea cod||Otter or pair trawl||18.5||0.1|
|Area VIIe sole||Beam trawl||5.9||0.1|
|Area VIId and e plaice||Beam trawl||4.9||0.6|
|Area VII anglerfish||Beam trawl||11.4||0.7|
|North Sea plaice||Otter trawl||8.2||0.0|
|Western Hake||Beam trawl||18.2||1.7|
|Area VII megrim||Beam trawl||10.6||0.6|
Catches of undersized fish in the trial were also low, suggesting that boats are fishing more selectively.