Latest New report highlights the risk of the Landing Obligation (discard ban) to MSC certified fisheries.
The report explains how non-compliance with the Landing Obligation would introduce illegality into the supply chain, which could lead to the loss of MSC certification and hence access to key markets. Unfortunately evidence to date suggests the Landing Obligation is not being implemented as discarding is continuing. This is also likely to lead to decline in the quality of catch data.
One of the report's conclusions should be of particular concern to some fishing fleets and retailers. It states how the effective implementation of the LO, including with appropriate levels of monitoring, appears likely to be important for the continuing certification of EU demersal trawl fisheries.