The start of the New Year saw the extension of the discard ban. The discard ban was brought in as part of the Common Fisheries Policy
reforms in Europe to stop the wasteful process of throwing fish back overboard. One of the reforms was a ban on discarding fish which had previously
required fishermen to land all the quota fish caught, such as mackerel and herring.
The 2016 extension requires whole catches of stock such as haddock and prawns to be landed which will benefit the industry. It is hoped that this will
help fish stocks to grow, and fishermen are hoping that it will lead to further increases in quota.
(Image, right: Alison Rawson)