Safeguarding our fisheries and our fishing communities

Safeguarding our fisheries and our fishing communities

The 2013 Common Fisheries Policy Reform (CFP) was a huge success for the Socialists and Democrats. S&D MEP Ulrike Rodust was the lead negotiator for the reform and fought for a new approach to fishing policy to safeguard the sustainability of European fisheries.

Our key achievements:

• Maximum sustainable yield (MSY) – a legal requirement to end overfishing, restoring fish stocks above the maximum sustainable yield, to a level where fishing can continue while allowing fish to reproduce and maintain the population. Getting European fishing back to sustainable levels will offer considerable socio-economic benefits in the short to medium term.

• The landing obligation – the wasteful practice of throwing unwanted catches overboard (discards) will be gradually banned.

• Multi-annual plans – a framework was established for the sustainable exploitation of stocks in each sea basin. These plans can support the recovery and sustainable management of species.

• Regionalisation – empowering regional stakeholders and bodies ensuring decentralisation rather than the re-nationalisation of the Common Fisheries Policy.

• Management of fishing capacity – member states will put in place measures to make sure the fishing capacity of their fleets matches the fishing opportunities available.

• Expert group on compliance – this group is established to assess, facilitate and strengthen compliance with EU control obligations.

• Advisory councils – representation for all stakeholders involved in the sector in a specific region (eg fishermen, fish farmers, the processing and marketing sector, trade unions and consumer or environmental organisations).

• Fish stock recovery areas – protected areas will be established where fishing activities may be restricted or prohibited in order to preserve stocks and marine ecosystems.

• External policy - strong emphasis on the sustainability of the EU fleet outside EU waters, respecting other countries' fishing rights.