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A Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) was first formulated in the Treaty of Rome. Initially linked to the Common Agricultural Policy, over time it has gradually become more independent. The primary goal of the CFP, as revised in 2002, is to ensure sustainable fisheries and guarantee incomes and stable jobs for fishermen. Several changes to the fisheries policy were introduced in the Treaty of Lisbon. In 2013 the Council and Parliament reached agreement on a new CFP, for the long-term environmental, economic ...

Fisheries control and enforcement

EU Fact Sheets 01-09-2017

Fisheries control and enforcement aims to ensure the correct application of regulations regarding fisheries and to impose compliance with these rules where necessary. In this respect, competences and responsibilities are shared among Member States, the Commission and the operators. Member States which do not comply with these rules can have infringement proceedings taken out against them.

The Common Market Organisation (CMO) in fisheries and aquaculture products was the first component of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Its scope for action in the face of the recent crisis in the fisheries sector was seen as limited, given the nature of its intervention mechanisms and the scarce funding allocated to them, leading to a comprehensive reform laying down the new groundwork for the CMO and the entire CFP as of 2014. The revised CMO improves market surveillance and food safety and consumer ...

International fisheries relations

EU Fact Sheets 01-09-2017

With the aim of promoting legal, environmental, economic and social governance frameworks for sustainable fisheries, of gaining access to key fishing areas of the world or of promoting monitoring, control and surveillance schemes to combat illegal fishing, the European Union has concluded more than 20 international fisheries agreements. The European Union concludes bilateral agreements such as sustainable fisheries partnerships, or multilateral agreements such as agreements with regional fisheries ...

European fisheries in figures

EU Fact Sheets 01-09-2017

The tables below show basic statistical data in several areas relating to the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), namely: the fishing fleets of the Member States in 2014 (Table I), the situation of employment in the fisheries, aquaculture and fish processing sectors in 2011 (Table II), the supply balance of fisheries and aquaculture products in 2012 (Table III), the consumption of fisheries and aquaculture products in 2012 (Table IV), and the resource allocations of the European Maritime and Fisheries ...

The present note was requested by the Committee on Fisheries of the European Parliament for its Delegation to Japan (18-22 September 2017). The note provides a review of the main characteristics and specificities of Japan fisheries sector and related activities. It provides an overview of issues such as the legal and institutional framework, fisheries management, catches, the fishing fleet, fishing industry, trade, employment, the fish market and marine research.

No unanimous definition for Marine Recreational Fishing yet exists among European Member States. The following report recommends a common definition and a methodological approach to assess marine recreational fishing socio-economic and environmental impacts. These recommendations are based on the analyses of five representative examples in Europe on these issues. The methodology recommended by the authors is an economic impact assessment based on fishermen’s expenditures and catches, data collection ...

The European Commission has tabled a proposal for a multiannual management plan for stocks of cod, herring and sprat in the Baltic Sea and for the fisheries exploiting them. Multiannual plans are an essential tool for sustainable exploitation of fish stocks and for increased predictability over the long run for fishermen. The European Parliament is now due to vote on a compromise found, after 10 months of interinstitutional negotiations, with a view to a first reading agreement.

Fisheries technical measures

Briefing 06-06-2016

The main strengths of the IA are its use of wide-ranging and apparently sound information from the external studies, meetings and consultations, as well as the cogent presentation of the stakeholder views and the results of the public consultation throughout the report. The IA appears to be well-illustrated by examples; however, they do not always facilitate a better understanding of the current issues due to their sometimes inconsistent and rather confusing presentation. The analysis of the various ...

This is the reference document of the Workshop on "The discard ban and its impact on the Maximum Sustainable Yield objective on fisheries" of 16th June 2016, organised by the Committee on Fisheries (COMPECH) and the Policy Department B (PECH Research) of the European Parliament. It is structured in three parts: 1. The discard ban and its impact on the MSY objective-The North Sea. 2. The discard ban and its impact on the MSY objective-The Atlantic Ocean: The Bay of Biscay case. 3. The discard ...