In action the CFP Reform plan at the start of 2014

After two years finally the negotiations on the Common Fisheries Policy Reform went through on May 2013. The CFP Reform plan will come into effect at the beginning of 2014.

Why a reformed CFP?

1. Evolving policy is necessary in order to adapt to changes in political, economic, cultural and marine environments.

2. Uncertainties and challenges in the fishing industry today, such as reduced catches, rising costs and a threatened marine environment, call for joint solutions.

3. A more holistic approach to sea stewardship is considered necessary; one that actively seeks to create a more economically, environmentally and socially stable sector that is less dependent on financial support.

How will the reformed CFP facilitate towards a sustainable future for fish and fishermen?

1. Sustainable management of fish stocks: Maximum Sustainable Yield
Scientific data providing long term solutions on the state of resources will be used in the fishing industry.

2. Phasing out discards
Discarding will be prohibited through a landing obligation and more selective fishing.

3. Local knowledge for better decision-making
A new, bottom-up management approach will allow Member States and stakeholders in the regions to develop measures based on the circumstances in their own environment and industry.

4. EU Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products
A more market-based policy will be replacing the intervention mechanism to help producers better manage and market their products.

5. Better planning of production, better labeling for consumers
Better information on food supply chain will be available to consumers through mandatory labeling; producer’s efforts in better management will be known to consumers and appraised.

6. Global sustainable fishing
The principles underlying the new CFP will extend to all of the EU’s fishing partners abroad. This will make the reformed Common Fisheries Policy an international standard for sustainable fishing and aquaculture.

(Article’s Source: EU Maritime Affairs)