As fisheries is one of the main impacts on the marine environment, both directly through removing the fish and indirectly through bycatch of other species or damage caused by gear, NGOs have been increasingly engaged in European fisheries policy. Indeed, the Fisheries Secretariat (FISH) is a result of this engagement.
NGOs were heavily involved in the previous reform process, but many felt afterwards that the work would have been more successful if we had collaborated more across countries, as well as between the EU and national levels.
In early 2009, five organisations came together to form an alliance – OCEAN2012 – with the purpose of transforming European fisheries. Together, the Pew Environment Group, Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements, new economics foundation, Seas At Risk and the Fisheries Secretariat, set up the basic structure and agreed on a number of priorities. The alliance was officially launched on World Ocean Day, the 8 June 2009. Today it counts more than 120 organisations across Europe and abroad among its members. Our broad alliance brings together extensive expertise, skills and experience. We drive change by engaging with stakeholders and decision-makers at all levels with sound proposals and scientific evidence.
Vision, Mission and Objectives of OCEAN2012
OCEAN2012 is dedicated to stop overfishing, end destructive fishing practices and deliver fair and equitable use of healthy fish stocks. Our vision is of healthy oceans with abundant fish and wildlife contributing to human well being.
Our objective is that the reformed CFP will lead to sustainable fisheries in EU waters and beyond. By 2012 OCEAN2012 would like to see that:
- environmental objectives are enshrined in the CFP as prerequisite to fulfilling social and economic objectives;
- the CFP defines instruments and competencies which deliver sustainable fishing capacity at EU and regional level;
- access rules support environmentally and socially sustainable fishing;
- transparent and participatory decision-making delivers long-term sustainability in fisheries.
The alliance is involved in ongoing policy and advocacy work connected to the reform on both EU and national level. It produces a monthly newsletter for its members, as well as positions and reports on policy elements. We also organise meetings and events across Europe. The Fisheries Secretariat (FISH) is responsible for outreach and coordination in the Baltic Sea region. For more information, see our calendar, documents and links below and in Publications, as well as the OCEAN2012 website.