Research and analysis

Catch Quota Trials: North Sea cod 2013 interim report

Interim report from the 2013 trial showing that discards are under the UK average for North Sea cod.


There are 11 trawlers and 1 gill netter taking part in the trial. Interim results show:

  • an overall estimated discard rate of North Sea cod of 0.03% (225kg) from a total sampled catch of 638 tonnes
  • self-reported landings of unmarketable North Sea cod (both damaged and undersized) of 0.5%
  • consistent compliance with the obligation to land all catches of cod and low levels of unmarketable cod catch