Landing Obligation

One of the key elements of the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) was the phased introduction of a landing obligation, or discard ban, for species subject to catch limits.

The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy in 2013 introduced measures to gradually reduce the discarding of catches. Since 2015 the gradual implementation of landing obligation across pelagic and demersal fisheries in the different regions has led to full implementation of the landing obligation in 2019, which is applicable to all species subject to catch limits.


The landing obligation aligns existing legislation which prohibits high grading and enhances the existing requirements to record all catches with additional requirements to retain previously discarded catches. The use of selective fishing gears reducing the capture of unwanted catches is also required.


The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority continues to ensure implementation of the landing obligation through inspection, control activities and consultation with fishers, other control agencies and various stakeholders.


If you wish to find out more about the landing obligation, please contact a regional office via Contact Us or by email SFPAFood&


Landing Obligation Industry Training Presentation April 2023

This presentation is to inform Masters of Irish Commercial Fishing Vessels on the requirements of how to comply with the landing obligation

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Discards plans and information guides

BIM Fisheries Management Chart 

Landing Obligation 2019 - Information Booklet (Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine)

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/2015 of 21 August 2020 specifying details of the implementation of the landing obligation for certain fisheries in Western Waters for the period 2021-2023

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/190 of 24 November 2017 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1393/2014 establishing a discard plan for certain pelagic fisheries in North-Western waters

Technical guidelines and specifications for the implementation of Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM) in EU fisheries