North Sea fisheries: ensuring sustainable stocks and livelihoods  

Plans to tackle overfishing and provide more secure livelihoods for North Sea fishermen by introducing multiannual fishing quotas will be put to the vote on Thursday.

The second multiannual fisheries plan under the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) would apply to demersal species (those living near the sea floor), which make up 70% of catches in the North Sea (zones IIa, IIIa and IV).

The plan covers various species and is tailored to the complexity of North Sea mixed fisheries, which makes it impossible to target and catch only one species.

Ensuring that these stocks are exploited sustainably in the long run should guarantee the security of fishing opportunities and livelihoods.

MEPs will start negotiations with the Council following the plenary vote.

Quick facts


North Sea demersal fishing employs several thousand vessels from at least seven EU member states (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK).Demersal catches were worth more than €850 million in 2012, with the highest total value of landings by species for sole, followed by plaice, Norway lobster (also called Nephrops), cod, saithe, haddock, turbot, anglerfish, whiting and lemon sole.

Procedure:  ordinary legislative procedure (vote on the mandate)


Debate: Wednesday, 13 September

Vote: Thursday, 14 September