Via FIS, 17 November 2017: Baltic illegal discarding worsens despite landing obligation

Compliance with the reformed Common Fisheries Policy’s Landing Obligation is almost non-existent in the Baltic Sea, exposing the European seafood supply chain to unprecedented levels of illegal behaviour, a new report warns.

The document, titled Thrown Away: How Illegal Discarding in the Baltic Sea is Failing EU Fisheries and Citizens and published by campaign group Our Fish, urges EU Member States to immediately act on implementation of proven monitoring and enforcement programs in order to end illegal and wasteful discarding.

The analysis finds EU government responses to the Landing Obligation have in some cases made discarding worse while clear advice on effective tools to monitor and control the law is being ignored.

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