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The Next Discard Action Group Meeting

The Next Discard Action Group Meeting – The Discard Action Group meeting is on Tuesday 2 April 2019. Please register as the meeting is filling up fast.

The next Discard Action Group meeting is on Tuesday 2 April 2019 at Friends House

You have to register to attend by E: Karen Green. The list of registered attendees is attached.

The agenda is attached and will cover:

10.00 – 12.45. Compliance with the landing obligation

  • Three months in – how is 2019 going? Mike Park, SWFPA and Jaswinder Kaur, Defra.

  • MSC consideration of the Landing Obligation in fishery assessment. Tim Davies, Marine Stewardship Council.

  • Discussion between Government and the supply chain on evidencing full compliance with the LO. Jaswinder Kaur, Defra.

Ways to evidence, map and monitor compliance and aid spatial avoidance.

  • Electronic monitoring as a compliance tool. Norman Fletcher, Marine Scotland.

  • Norwegian use of reference fleets. Tom Clegg, Norwegian Marine Research Institute.

  • Shetland Fishermen’s Association paper on reference fleets. Simon Collins, SFA.

  • A new mapping app to identify discard hotspots. Julia Calderwood. Marine Institute.

1.30 – 4.00 Showcasing how far industry has come in improving selectivity.

  • Overview of DiscardLess. Kenny Coull, SWFPA.

  • Showcase/case studies of new selectivity devices and how they are being used. The session will include recent video footage and will be an opportunity to quiz the skippers themselves. We will also have a delegation from Thailand attending the meeting who will talk about their own experiences.

The previous meeting was on 10 October 2018. The presentations and minutes are on the website. Please also note the Seafish Industry Meetings Disclaimer Guidelines and the Terms of Reference for the group. These are currently being revised.