In Europe, fishing is generally quite targeted. Fishermen know what they want to catch and use the appropiate methods and techniques. Despite this, when they bring their nets in, they often find other fish and marine organisms mixed up with the target species: thus is what is called the by-catch.
Everything in the net has to be sorted and only the fish that can be sold are kept. The rest are returned to the sea, ehre they stand little chance of surviving after the shock of being hauled to the surface. These are what are called discards.
Interviews:Dr. Andy Revill: CEFAS - Fisheries Technology and Management.
Joe Borg: European Comissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs.
Pascal Larnaud:IFREMER - Fisheries Technology.
Thierry Guigue:Association du Grand Litoral Atlantique.
Mats Ulmestrand:Swedish Board of Fisheries.
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