Advisory Councils

We are a member of the Baltic Sea Advisory Council (BSAC), a regional stakeholder body charged with a providing advice to the Commission and Member States on the management of Baltic fisheries. We also initiate dialogue between participating NGOs to coordinate joint positions on strategic issues and recommendations.

We also coordinate interactions between NGOs in all advisory councils across the EU. We host an annual meeting to discuss common issues, challenges and solutions and share information between meetings. 

The Advisory Councils (ACs) are stakeholder-led organisations that provide the Commission and EU countries with recommendations on fisheries management matters.

EU Advisory Councils
Advisory Councils have been established across the EU for stakeholders (fishers, producer organisations, NGOs and consumer groups, among others) to provide advice to policymakers towards meeting the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy (1380/2013).  They are formally defined in the 2013 Common Fisheries Policy Articles 43-45 and Annex III.

Advisory Councils have been established as follows:

  • Baltic Sea
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • North Sea
  • North Western Waters
  • South Western Waters
  • Pelagic stocks
  • Long Distance (EU fisheries in third countries)

According to the Common Fisheries Policy, 60 % of the seats on Advisory Councils are allotted to representatives of fishermen and the processing and marketing sectors and 40 % to representatives of other interest groups such as environmental organisations and consumer groups. Advisory Councils should adopt recommendations by consensus, but where consensus cannot be reach, minority views should be noted.

Last updated: January 27, 2016

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April 12, 2012

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