OCEAN2012: Reward responsible fishing with priority access

OCEAN2012 proposes that access to fish resources, and appropriate fishing capacity (quantity and type), be based on a set of transparent criteria for environmentally and socially sustainable practices, providing priority access for fishing operators who, amongst other criteria:

  • use more selective fishing methods, gears and practices with low by-catch and low impact on the marine environment;
  • use vessels and fishing methods consuming less energy per tonne of fish caught;
  • ensure more, good quality employment, provided this has low environmental impact. Working conditions should comply with relevant international standards, notably the 2007 ILO Work in Fishing Convention
  • have a good record of compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy.
Published on May 29, 2010