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DiscardLess – Strategies for the gradual elimination of discards in European fisheries

DiscardLess – Strategies for the gradual elimination of discards in European fisheries

Objective

The European Union has committed to the gradual elimination of discarding. DiscardLess will help provide the knowledge, tools and technologies as well as the involvement of the stakeholders to achieve this. These will be integrated into Discard Mitigation Strategies (DMS) proposing cost-effective solutions at all stages of the seafood supply chain. The first focus is on preventing the unwanted catches from ever being caught. This will promote changes in gear using existing and innovative selectivity technology, and changes in fishing tactics based on fishers’ and scientists’ knowledge. The second focus is on making best use of the unavoidable unwanted catch. We will detail technical and marketing innovations from the deck, through the supply chain to the final market, including monitoring, traceability and valorization components. DiscardLess will evaluate the impacts of discarding on the marine environment, on the economy, and across the wider society. We will evaluate these impacts before, during and after the implementation of the landing obligation, allowing comparison between intentions and outcomes. Eliminating discards is as much a societal challenge as a fishery management one, so we will also evaluate stakeholders’ perception of discards. DiscardLess will describe the changes in management and the associated governance structures needed to cement the process. We will propose approaches to managing discards in a range of case study fisheries across Europe, encompassing differences in specific discarding issues. All these innovations will be combined in integrated Internet based interactive programs (DMS toolbox) that will help fishers to evaluate the present and future situation and to take a more qualified decision of how to adjust to the new regime. Also, we will disseminate the outcome of the project and maximize knowledge transfer across Europe through an educational environment – teaching the next generation – as well as more conventional routes.
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Coordinator

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Address

Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby

Denmark

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 880 903

Participants (30)

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INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

EU Contribution

€ 275 000

INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 195 000

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 15 004

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 80 115

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 150 250

UNIVERSITE DE BRETAGNE OCCIDENTALE

France

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

SEA FISH INDUSTRY AUTHORITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 39 913

MARINE SCOTLAND

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 340 013

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS FAO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 80 495

SIMRAD SPAIN SLU

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 15 000

HAMPIDJAN HF

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 14 900

SAFETYNET TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 50 000

MARINE INSTITUTE

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 275 000

IOANNA N.ARGYROU SIMBOULOI EPICHEIR ISIAKIS ANAPTYXIS ETAIREIA PERIORISMENIS EYTHYNIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 195 000

AQUIMER

France

EU Contribution

€ 69 704

IMAR- INSTITUTO DO MAR

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 225 000

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 60 000

MATIS OHF

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 345 035

MAREL HF

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 15 175

SHIPCON SP ZOO

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 70 000

TRACE Wildlife Forensics Network Limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 59 999

FUNDACION AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIOA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 540 250

BARNA SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 45 110

NUTRITION SCIENCES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 45 063

UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE - NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 222 881

IRISH OBSERVER NETWORK LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 194 990

FISHFIX

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 75 000

INSTITUT SUPERIEUR DES SCIENCES AGRONOMIQUES, AGROALIMENTAIRES, HORTICOLES ET DU PAYSAGE

France

EU Contribution

€ 60 000

ALPHAFILM & KOMMUNIKATION APS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 215 200

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Canada

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 633680

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2015

  • End date

    28 February 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 551 125,25

  • EU contribution

    € 5 000 000

Coordinated by:

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

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