A key element in the reformed CFP is the gradual introduction, from 2015 to 2019, of a landing obligation. The introduction of the landing obligation will have an effect on the discard sampling programme on-board commercial fishing vessels. Since, discarding will be forbidden for species with quota limitations, and, allegedly, will not occur anymore, sampling methodologies will have to change from discard sampling programmes to catch sampling programmes. In this study several different methodologies to facilitate this change are tested in two case studies: 1) digital camera technology to record catch composition on board; 2) dockside/harbour onshore monitoring of landed unwanted catches.
The introduction of the landing obligation will effect on the discard sampling programme on-board commercial fishing vessels. Sampling methodologies have to change from discard sampling programmes to catch sampling programmes. Two case studies are proposed to facilitate this process: 1) A case study where camera technology is used to monitor catches of commercial fisheries, with the aim to increase sampling intensity and make it safer for observers on board. A series of digital snap shots provide a higher sampling density, and therefore, a more representative sample of the catch. 2) A second case study were BMS fraction of catches are sampled onshore and on-board and the best methodology to monitor these fractions is determined.