The CFP reform

The new Common Fisheries Policy will apply from January 2014. However, the reform process started as early as 2007 and during the time up to the last negotiations in 2013, BalticSea2020 have been active to secure a regulation that improves the marine environment, the fish stocks and the profitability of the fishermen.

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Click on picture and see the film of BalticSea2020s work during the reform of the Common Fishery Policy.

BalticSea2020s work during the reform process
The European commission presented an ambitious proposal for a new CFP regulation in July 2011. BalticSea2020 have focused on five areas:
  • Fisheries management should be regarded as a part of the management of the whole marine environment (ecosystem approach).
  • Fisheries should be managed on a long term basis according the principle of maximum sustainable yield (MSY).
  • A discard ban should be implemented, that is that all fish that is caught are landed and counted against the yearly fish-quota.
  • That the detailed management of sea areas are managed by the member states around those areas (Regionalisation).
  • That direct subsidies for the fishing fleets are phased out.

BalticSea2020 have met a large number of politicians in the European Parliament and a number of national politicians to inform of the positive effects these provisions would have on fish stocks as well as on the profitability of the fishing industry and discuss possible improvements. The focus has been to inform of ongoing management trials that have been found to improve the marine environment and improve profitability in fisheries and propose way to implement these findings in the new regulation. The foundation have also produced and financed information materials about fisheries management and fisheries subsidies that can be found in our web-library in the fisheries section. In addition to the work in the European Parliament, there has been a special focus on Poland, Germany, France and Spain.

Read more about the EUs new Common Fisheries Policy here.
Read more about the new law on fisheries subsidies here.

What can I do?
As a citizen there are a few ways to influence. One way is to eat MSC certified fish which means you can be sure it is legally caught and fished on sustainable stocks. BalticSea2020 has also supported Fish fight which was an initiative from the British chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall that aimed to give support to politicians who wanted to improve the CFP and ban discarding of fish at sea. Over 800 000 signed their petition which you can find here,

In association with the ongoing negotiations of a new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), BalticSea2020 have interviewed fishermen, researchers and managers around the Baltic Sea to hear their views on the European fisheries management. See our interviews with people from several Baltic Sea countries and hear their opinions about the CFP Reform. Watch the film here: BalticSea2020 position regarding the draft CFP regulation.

Read our article on the CFP reform programme where Jacob Hagberg talks about the need for the new improved Common Fisheries Policy - click here.

Also, read our article about Fish For the Future who talks about their views on the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Meet the MEPs Isabella Lövin, Christofer Fjellner and Chris Davies, who before the voting on February 6, 2013 have worked hard to ensure that the Parliament will support a fisheries legislation that value profitable and sustainable fisheries - click here.



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Project status

Start: 2010-12-01
End: 2017-12-31

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2013-07-03 - Beginners’ Guide on the reform of EU fish subsidies (Fish For the Future)
Fish For the Future - Beginners' Guide on the reform of EU fish subsidies
2013-06-27 - Postcard on EU's Fisheries subsidies
How old do you think this boat is?
2012-11-07 - Beginners’ Guide to the Common Fisheries Policy (Fish For the Future)
Fish For the Future - Beginners' guide on the reform of the common fishery policy
2012-10-03 - Briefing on discards
Reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy - Briefing on discards
2012-10-03 - Briefing on ecosystem-based management and MSY
Reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy - Briefing on ecosystem-based management and MSY
2012-10-03 - Briefing on regionalisation
Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy - Briefing on regionalisation
2012-10-03 - Briefing on TFCs
Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy - Briefing on TFCs
2012-09-07 - Article: Jacob Hagberg on the significance of fisheries policy for fishing and the marine environment in the Baltic Sea
The significance of a new and improved common fisheries policy
2012-02-07 - Report
BalticSea2020 Position on the reform of the common fisheries policy
2012-02-07- Report 
Report- Briefing of the CFP Reform
2012-02-02 - Report
Elimination of subsidies to fisheries 
2012-02-01 - Report
The effect of following scientific advice
2011-12-05 - Report
Proposal for a regulation of the European parliament and of the Council on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
2011-07-08 - Note
Note prepared for Baltic Sea 2020 on some legal issues relating to regionalisation
2009-12-02 - Press release
Protect young year classes of cod in the Baltic Sea
2009-05-28 - Press release
Let environmental considerations govern cod fishing
2009-05-11 - Debate article, published 2009.05.11 in Dagens Nyheter
"Irresponsible to approve cod fishing in the Baltic Sea"
2008-07-28 - Press release
More cod - the best way to combat algal blooms
2008-06-16 - Press release
Illegal fishing plays a decisive role for the cod quota