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Catch Quota Trials: 2012 interim report

Interim report from the 2012 trials showing discards of stocks have been drastically reduced by North Sea and West Channel fishermen.

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2012’s trials increased the number of vessels and species from 2011.

Fishery Average discard rate (%) Trial discard rate (%)
North Sea cod trawl fishery 38 0.2
Area VIIe sole beam trawl fishery 28 0.1
Area VIId and e plaice beam trawl fishery 8 0.2
Area VII anglerfish beam trawl fishery 6 1.1
Area VII megrim beam trawl fishery 12 1.3

Catches of undersized fish in the trial were also low, suggesting that boats are fishing more selectively.

Published 11 June 2014