FAO FISHERIES TECHNICAL PAPER 470
Discards in the World's Marine Fisheries
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Discards in the world’s marine fisheries. An update.
FAO Fisheries Technical Paper. No. 470. Rome, FAO. 2005. 131p.
Includes a CD-ROM.
This study provides an update of the quantity of discards in the world’s marine fisheries based on a fishery-by-fishery approach. The weighted discard rate is estimated at 8 percent (proportion of the catch discarded). Based on this discard rate, in the 1992-2001 period, yearly average discards are estimated to be 7.3 million tonnes. Because of the different method used in the current estimate, it is not directly comparable with the previous estimates of 27 million and 20 million tonnes.
Preparation of this document
Acronyms and abbreviations
2.1 Summary of the approach
2.2 Other definitions and terms used
2.3 The discard database
2.4 Assumptions and issues related to the method
3.1 Overview of results
3.2 Discards in selected regions and countries
3.3 Discards in selected fisheries
4.1 What is the discard problem?
4.2 Policy issues
4.3 Fishery management issues
4.4 Bycatch and discard management frameworks
4.5 Biological and ecological issues
4.6 Technical and economic issues
5.1 Scope of the study
5.2 Principal conclusions
5.3 Issues and future directions
A. Results: supplementary tables
B. Evolution of global discard estimates
D. Summary of the reasons for discards