The landing obligation of the EU's common fisheries policy (CFP) came into force on 1 Jan 2019. Its aim is to end the wasteful practice of discarding fish at sea, and one of the main ways to do this is to make fishing more selective. An unintended side effect of this is to increase fisheries-induced evolution of our fish stocks. This has not been considered by the EU in implementing the landing obligation.
Professor Richard Law took part in the closing meeting of the EU H2020 DiscardLess project (Copenhagen 30-31 Jan), and gave a talk on "The dark side of the selectivity paradigm: fisheries-induced evolution". This was to warn fisheries scientists, policy makers and stakeholders from the fishing industry about the dangers of the direction we are going in as the landing obligation is implemented.