European Union Committee
Fisheries: implementation and enforcement of the EU landing obligation

26th Report of Session 2017-19 - published 8 February 2019 - HL Paper 276



Chapter 1: Introduction

Box 1: The UK fishing industry

Figure 1: Composition of UK fishing fleet by country of administration, 2017

Chapter 2: What is the landing obligation?

Box 2: The requirements of the landing obligation

Chapter 3: The impact of the landing obligation to date

Preparing for 2019

Chapter 4: The challenge of ‘choke’ species

Box 3: How fishing quota is allocated

The scale of the choke problem

Could more selective fishing help?

Changing how you fish

Changing where you fish

Can better quota management help?

Quota management for the under ten metre fleet

Can exemptions and flexibilities help?

Chapter 5: The challenge of landing unwanted catches

Chapter 6: The challenge of communication

Chapter 7: The challenge of enforcement

Why compliance matters

Improving scientific understanding

Avoiding overfishing

Risk to buyers and retailers

How to monitor and enforce the landing obligation

Remote electronic monitoring

Box 4: Remote Electronic Monitoring

Enforcement approaches

How prepared are the enforcement agencies?

Chapter 8: Leaving the European Union

Summary of conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: List of Members and declarations of interest

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

Appendix 3: Glossary

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