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THE amount of edible fish being discarded overboard can be virtually eliminated by making fishermen count all their catch towards their quota, a trial has shown.

The UK trial reduced discards of North Sea cod and Western Channel sole to just 0.2%, compared to average discard rates for North Sea cod trawlers of around 38% and 28% for Western Channel sole beam trawlers in 2010.

Participating fishermen also drastically reduced the amount of undersized fish they caught, showing that selective measures such as using larger net meshes to avoid juvenile fish - which would otherwise count in the quota - were effective.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 11, 2012
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