OK, I get it, but in my opinion, there is only one way to accurately measure the impacts of multispecies mobile-gear fisheries. Count, and use, everything that is caught. Prior to the implementation of the discard ban, fishermen were discarding up to 2.1 million metric tons of North Sea cod per year, because they were required to do so by EU regulation. In U.S. fisheries, this is called regulatory discard. To give you an idea of just how much was being wasted, 2.1 million metric tons equals 4.6 billion pounds. In 2014, according to NOAA Fisheries, the entire commercial catch of finfish in the U.S. was 8.2 billion, 68 percent of which was landed in Alaska’s high-volume mobile-gear fisheries.