Evaluation of a length-based method to estimate discard rate and the effect of sampling size

02/27/2019
by   Erla Sturludottir, et al.
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The common fisheries policy aims at eliminating discarding which has been part of fisheries for centuries. It is important to monitor the compliance with the new regulations but estimating the discard rate is a challenging task, especially where the practise is illegal. The aim of this study was to review a length-based method that has been used to estimate the discard rate in Icelandic waters and explore the effects of different monitoring schemes. The length-based method estimates the minimum discard rate and the method of bootstrapping can be used to determine the uncertainty of the estimate. This study showed that the number of ships is the most important factor to consider in order to decrease the uncertainty.

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