OCEAN 2012 was an alliance that held a key role in reforming the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

In 2009, The Fisheries Secretariat was one of five organisations that came together to form an alliance – OCEAN2012 – with the purpose of transforming European fisheries through the Common Fisheries Policy reform. OCEAN2012 was represented in 24 EU Member States with more than 193 members across Europe and abroad.

OCEAN2012 was dedicated to:

    • stop overfishing
    • end destructive fishing practices and
    • deliver fair and equitable use of healthy fish stocks.



How we worked

At The Fisheries Secretariat we were part of the steering group and responsible for outreach and coordination in the Baltic Sea region. FishSec and OCEAN2012 aimed to highlight key issues in European fisheries that were in urgent need of reform, by producing and publishing policy material on the Common Fisheries Policy. On a national level, member organisations and other NGOs engaged with decision-makers and sector interests to put forward our views and discuss different alternatives.

The OCEAN2012 network enabled a range of stakeholders, including NGOs, angling organisations, small-scale fishers and tourism organisations, to present a coherent set of proposals to the Commission and decision-makers, regarding the new CFP. Once the White Paper had been published in mid-2011, support from Member States and MEPs was necessary to ensure that from 2013 European fisheries would be managed in an environmentally sustainable manner.

The CFP reform process remained one of FishSec’s main priorities until the final proposals were adopted in 2014.

Last updated: February 10, 2021

Recent publications

OCEAN2012: Public aid for sustainable fisheries

October 29, 2012

Public aid has been identified as a driver for overfishing. The proposed European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) must ensure...

OCEAN2012: Environmentally harmful subsidies

October 29, 2012

Joint letter to José Manuel Durão Barroso president of the European Commission regarding an roadmap to eliminating environmentally harmful subsidies.

OCEAN2012 Briefing: An initial reaction to the Commission’s package on...

July 12, 2011

In the face of concerted short-term economic interests, the Commission has struggled to craft a proposal that responds adequately to the issues...

OCEAN2012: Subsidies public funds for public services

June 12, 2010

OCEAN2012 would like the reformed CFP to: stop aid which contributes to maintaining or even increasing overcapacities, in particular all aid for...