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New Study Provides Seafood Sector Support During Discard Ban Implementation

07 January 2016

UK - A new report published by Seafish provides recommendations on how the whole seafood supply chain can be supported through the implementation of the landing obligation, which will be phased in by 2019.

The report was produced by Tegen Mor Fisheries Consultants for Seafish in response to a request to consider wider supply chain implications. It looked at the possible impacts of the landing obligations from economic, legal, operational, reputational and market perspectives.

Desktop research and interviews were carried out across the UK with the whole supply chain including the catching sector, ports and harbours, logistics, processing, foodservice and retailers.

The recommendations include establishing a network of regional discard management co-ordinators, consistent and regular communication to the supply chain and facilitation of EMFF grant investment for infrastructure such as cold stores.

Marcus Jacklin, a Project Manager in the Insight Team at Seafish said: “There is a lot of focus on how the landing obligation will impact the fishing industry but the whole seafood supply chain has the potential to be affected. There are so many unknowns at the moment that it’s hard to predict what might change, if anything, but what is clear from our research is that the supply chain is dynamic and should be able to adapt quickly to what the landing obligation may bring.”

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You can view the full report by clicking here.

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