COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) …/... of 18.10.2018 specifying details of implementation of the landing obligation for certain demersal fisheries in the North Sea for the period 2019-2021
1. Since 1 January 2015, all commercial pelagic stocks subject to catch limits have had to be landed and counted against quota. Since then, on an annual basis, the demersal stocks subject to catch limits have also been phased in. From 1 January 2019, in line with the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), the landing obligation will apply to all catches, from both demersal and pelagic fisheries, subject to catch limits (also known as the full landing obligation).
2. This delegated act sets out specific provisions to facilitate the full implementation of the Landing Obligation (from 1 January 2019) for species which define demersal and deep sea fisheries in the North Sea (NS). In the absence of multiannual plans , those provisions need to be implemented through discard plans . This discard plan was developed as a joint initiative by the Member States with a direct management interest in the North Sea (i.e. Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK). The Commission recently adopted this discard plan by means of a delegated act.
The discard plan is a temporary measure (for a duration of 3 years and renewable for a period of another 3 years, subject to review).