14 May, 2021

What is discard?

May 29th, 2021 Mario Loyola

It is the action of returning to the sea the species caught unintentionally in fishing operations.
Why happens?
Sometimes nets catch, along with commercial interest species, others that cohabit with them, which are discarded since they have no economic value, or are species with a ban or fishing quotas, whose landing is sanctioned.
How to reduce it?
Through fishing gear designs improvements and detection technologies that allow capturing only commercial species and / or modifying periods and fishing zones.
Chile is one of the pioneer countries in the investigation of DISCARD and in implementing a plan for its reduction.

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