Multiannual plans

We support the creation of fisheries management plans based on the best available science in order to maintain stocks at sustainable levels and minimise the impact of fisheries on the marine ecosystem. Our focus is on the development of the Baltic Multiannual Plan for cod, sprat and herring, proposed in 2014, and the first management plan to be developed under the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

Multiannual plans are defined in the reformed CFP and are core to CFP implementation. Fish stocks previously managed separately will now be combined under one plan. These plans are intended to identify the relationships among stocks in an ecosystem-based approach to fish capture. They should be ‘based on scientific, technical, and economic advice, and shall contain conservation measures to restore and maintain fish stocks above levels capable of producing maximum sustainable yield…’(CFP 1380/2013, Article 9.1). They should be developed with considerable input from regional stakeholders.

…based on scientific, technical, and economic advice, and shall contain conservation measures to restore and maintain fish stocks above levels capable of producing maximum sustainable yield

Initially released from the Commission as a proposal, and developed through amendments in Parliament, multiannual plans are finalised through co-decision between Parliament and Council with input from the Commission. The Baltic Multiannual Plan for cod, sprat and herring is the first multiannual plan to be developed under the reformed CFP. As with any first, this plan sets a precedent for the remaining plans that are being developed stepwise by region across the EU.

Last updated: January 27, 2016

Recent publications

Letter on North Sea Multi Annual Fisheries Plan proposal to European P...

September 5, 2016

Multiannual management plans become legilsation through co-decision. In this letter to the Chair of group coordinators of the Environment Committee...


Multiannual Plan for the Baltic Sea – joint NGO priorities for the Fis...

April 16, 2015

This briefing was sent to Fisheries Ministers in advance of their AgriFish Council meeting on 20 April, 2015, National Fisheries...


Council brief on Multiannual plans for the Baltic Sea

April 7, 2015

This briefing with recommendations regarding the multiannual plan for the stocks of cod, herring and sprat in the Baltic Sea...


Multiannual plan for the Baltic Sea – joint NGO priorities

February 4, 2015

The European Commission’s proposal for a management plan for the stocks of cod, sprat and herring in the Baltic Sea...