In early 2009, the Fisheries Secretariat was one of five organisations that came together to form an alliance – OCEAN2012 – with the purpose of transforming European fisheries. OCEAN2012 is dedicated to stop overfishing, end destructive fishing practices and deliver fair and equitable use of healthy fish stocks.
Today OCEAN2012 is represented in 20 EU Member States and counts more than 120 members across Europe and abroad.
The Fisheries Secretariat (FISH) is part of the steering group and is also responsible for outreach and coordination in the Baltic Sea region. We collaborate with organisations in every country in the region, particularly in Poland, where the coalition now has a national co-ordinator working for one of the Polish member organisations. On a national level, member organisations and other NGOs engage with decision-makers and sector interests to put forward our views and discuss different alternatives. In addition, FISH and OCEAN2012 aim to highlight key issues in European fisheries that are in urgent need of reform by producing and publicising policy material on the CFP.
The OCEAN2012 network has enabled a range of stakeholders, including NGOs, angling organisations, small-scale fishermen and tourism organisations, to come together and present the Commission and decision-makers with a coherent set of proposals for the new Common Fisheries Policy. Once the White Paper has been published in mid-2011, support from Member States and MEPs will be necessary to ensure that from 2013 European fisheries will be managed in an environmentally sustainable manner.
The reform process will remain one of FISH’s main priorities until the proposals have been adopted.