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The reform of the European Union's Common Fisheries Policy currently underway suggests that there will be a significant change in regulations regarding by-catches and discards. Several communications from the Commission or the Commissioner of Fisheries suggest that there will be substantial restrictions regarding the possibility of throwing unwanted catch back into the sea and there could even be an outright ban in the case of some species within scarcely a few years. French fishery professionals will have to adapt rapidly to this new regulatory framework. The aim of the current project is to contribute to developing strategies in order to adapt to this new context. These strategies can revolve around two complimentary axes: reducing by-catches by modifying strategies and fishing methods/ landing and processing these catches on land. The project wishes to set up a knowledge base which is required in order to analyse these two axes.  In particular, it aims to :
1) Characterise the main discards
2) Identify the main reasons for these discards, particularly those resulting from technical or economic (price, access to markets) constraints
3) Ultimately, to propose new integrated strategies per profession, port and species, using a combination of a reduction in discards and forecasting what needs to be landed and processed on land.

This project was labellised by the AQUIMER Pole of Competitiveness on the 25th November 2011.


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