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What’s Going to Happen with the CFP Reform Discard Policy?

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  • The European Common Fisheries Policy Reform includes new discard regulation that is likely to have the greatest impact on fisheries and fleets of any recent regulation. However, there is a distinct lack of data or empirical knowledge available to inform the effects on fleets. This has the potential to result in a step change in fishing behaviour. There is much written on the economics of discards, for example the knowledge of what is rational behaviour regarding discarding Vs incentives driven by policy not to discard. In this paper, we consider what fisheries economics theory tells us as well as exploring gaps in our knowledge regarding a discard ban. We use an empirical example of the North Sea demersal fisheries to consider implications further.  
  • KEYWORDS: Socio-economic assessment of the new Common Fisheries Policy of the EU, Fisheries economics, Special Session
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  • Andersen, Peder, Ayoe Hoff, Jesper Andersen, Simon Mardle. 2014. What's Going to Happen with the CFP Reform Discard Policy? In: Proceedings of the Seventeenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 7-11, 2014, Brisbane, Australia: Towards ecosystem based management of fisheries: what role can economics play? Compiled by Ann L. Shriver and Melissa Errend. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2014.
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  • Fisheries Research & Development Corporation, World Wildlife Fund, MG Kailis Group, AquaFish Innovation Lab, NOAA Fisheries, The European Association of Fisheries Economists, Japan International Fisheries Research Society, United Nations University, NORAD
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