Old Info for a New Fisheries Policy: Discard Ratios and Lengths at Discarding in EU Mediterranean Bottom Trawl Fisheries
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AuthorsTsagarakis, K. (Konstantinos); Carbonell, A. (Ana); Brčić, J. (Jure); Bellido-Millán, J.M. (José María); Carbonara, P. (Pierluigi); Casciaro, L. (Loredana); Edridge, A. (Alexius); García-Jiménez, M.T. (María Teresa); González-Aguilar, M. (María); Krstulović-Šifner, S. (Svjetlana); Machias, A. (Athanassios); Notti, E. (Emilio); Papantoniou, G. (Georgia); Sala, A. (Antonello); Škeljo, F. (Frane); Vitale, S. (Sergio); Vassilopoulou, V. (Vassiliki)
Editor/sCardinale, M. (Massimilano)
Discarding is considered globally among the most important issues for fisheries management. The recent reform of the Common Fisheries Policy establishes a landing obligation for the species which are subject to catch limits and, in the Mediterranean, for species which are subject to Minimum Conservation Reference Size (MCRS) as defined in Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1967/2006. Additionally, several other initiatives aim to reduce unwanted catches of target and bycatch species, including species of conservation concern. This raises the need to study discarding patterns of (mainly) these species. In this work we collated a considerable amount of historical published information on discard ratios and lengths at discarding for species caught in EU Mediterranean bottom trawl fisheries. The main aim was to summarize the available historical records and make them more accessible for scientific and managerial needs, as well as to try identifying patterns in discarding. We show discard ratios ...
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