From 01 January 2015 vessels targeting pelagic fisheries will be subject to the Landing Obligation.
The fisheries affected are:
- Pelagic bottom and mid-water trawl fisheries targeting herring, mackerel, horse mackerel, blue whiting, sprat, boarfish and argentine
- Purse seine vessels targeting herring, mackerel, horse mackerel and blue whiting
- Handliners targeting mackerel
It will be illegal for these vessels to discard catches of all species subject to catch limits. It will remain illegal to slip catches.
The Pelagic Discard Plans for Regional Groups have now been adopted as delegated acts by the European Commission. The acts can be accessed on the EU website.
Marine Scotland has produced a Guidance Note for the pelagic industry which will give an overview of how the pelagic Landing Obligation will operate for the Scottish fleet. This will include information on permitted exemptions and flexibilities, force majeure, control and the Omnibus.