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Marine minister Michael Creed has launched a public consultation on a proposal to implement a phased pilot quota balancing scheme for demersal stocks, to assist with the full implementation of the Landing Obligation.

Quota balancing means where a vessel exceeds its catch limit for a relevant stock during a fishery management period, a balancing adjustment is made from a future catch limit for that vessel.

A multiplying factor will apply; the greater the excess catch when compared with the catch limit, the larger the balancing adjustment that will be made.

The objective of the Landing Obligation is to eliminate ‘wasteful and unsustainable practice’ of discarding fish at sea.

Closing date: January 31, 2019.