But is going to do it whilst keeping quota. So while some fish will not be caught in vain it does nothing for fishermen.
The statement by Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries is instructive on this. Firstly despite the hype you will hear about this we are not seeing the introduction of a ban,
" I am considering proposing a discard ban as part of the CFP reform proposals"Considering is not quite the same thing as banning, I suspect you might agree.
The question then is which management system to choose, in order to manage fish stocks. One possibility would be to only manage our mixed fisheries with an effort system. The idea is to preserve relative stability by translating the relative stability in quotas into a relative stability in effort for mixed fisheries. Such a management system is relatively simple as all catches would need to be landed. Control is also easy as the time spent at sea can be easily controlled by the vessel monitoring system.As you see the quota system will be retained, rather than basing things on days at see. Thus it will not help fishermen. And finally, just to get you civil liberties types interested is this little snippet.
Another possibility is the catch quota system with by catch quotas. All catches would have to be counted against quotas and then later against the by catch quotas. In such a system it would also be necessary that Member States allocate quotas more in line with the real possible catches of their vessels. A catch quota system would need guarantees that it would work, because it will be more complicated.
We will need CCTV or observers on board vessels above a certain lengthAt what cost? Both in privacy in supervision and in simple finance?