Positions & Papers

Commission Consultation on Fishing Opportunities for 2017

June 23, 2016

This letter with recommendations regarding the Communication from the Commission concerning a consultation on Fishing Opportunities for 2017, (COM(2016) 369 final) is aimed at the Fisheries Ministers to consider at the upcoming Council meeting. The European Commission sets out principles for the fixing of fishing opportunities for 2017. It shows a commitment to implement the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), however, the objective of fishing below Fmsy in order to bring stock biomass above Bmsy for all stocks is not as clear as it could be.

Analysis of the Baltic multiannual plan

June 20, 2016

The Baltic multiannual management plan for cod, herring and sprat stocks is analysed in the attached pdf. We welcome the use of multispecies management as a progression in how Baltic fish stocks are utilised, however, we are crticial of the plan as it places unnecessary risks upon the ecosystem and contains provisions which allow for overfishing to continue in breach of the MSY objective in the CFP.

Summary of ICES advice on Baltic stocks for 2017

June 1, 2016

On 31 May 2016, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Advisory Committee published their advice regarding the exploitation of the Baltic Sea fish stocks for 2017. Here we provide a summary and comment on the assessments and advice.

Briefing on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

April 30, 2013

This briefing on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) (COM(2011)804) is aimed at MEPs who are members of the Fisheries Committee in the European Parliament. They vote on amendments to the Cadec (EPP, FR) report in July and the annex provides analysis and voting recommendations on these proposals.

It is our view that the EMFF is a limited fund of public money that should be used to support the implementation of a CFP that:

  • ends overfishing by restoring to and maintaining fish stocks at healthy levels;
  • provides incentives for environmentally sustainable fishing practices; and
  • reduces damage to marine ecosystems.

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 that future aid does not undermine the objectives of the CFP, but contributes to the transition to sustainable fisheries and towards achieving healthy marine ecosystems. We therefore call on MEPs to amend the Commission proposal.

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 reform of the Common Fisheries Policy

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 outlined in its 2009 Green Paper. For example the proposal fails to prioritise the objective of achieving environmental sustainability as a prerequisite for achieving social and economic sustainability.The Commission claims to propose a radical reform, yet the most radical aspect of this proposal is the move towards a compulsory near-privatisation of marine resources.

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 the modernisation of vessels;
  • stop public aid for access to fish resources;
  • use money towards the creation of public goods, such as research, improved control and enforcement and the cooperation between fishermen and scientists as well as greater stakeholder involvement; and
  • make information on fisheries subsidies transparent and accessible.

OCEAN2012: Transforming European fisheries

August 13, 2009

A broad CFP reform now provides an opportunity to make European fisheries economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. There is a need to finally end overfishing and destructive fishing practices, delivering fair and equitable use of resources for future generations. Here we provide a number of opportunities for change for the 2012 reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy.

OCEAN2012: Regional governance – making it work for fisheries and the environment

June 29, 2009

This paper is intended to provide you with a thought-provoking background before the Conference “Regional Fisheries Management – making it work for fisheries and the environment” which took place on September 29th 2009 in Brussels. The organisers’ purpose is to help you:

  • Think about the concept of regional fisheries management, particularly in a European Community context;
  • Explore potential reforms that might be useful or possible under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP); and
  • Consider the key issues and challenges that may affect the possibilities to take a more regional approach to the management of the European Community’s (EC) fisheries.