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The EU fisheries policy must balance the interests of fishermen, trade and the manufacturing industry on the one hand and the requirements of environmental protection and nature conservation on the other.

Long-term stability in the fishing industry is dependent on healthy marine ecosystems. The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy on the European level in 2002 was a step in the right direction towards sustainable fishing. This includes management and stock recovery plans for various fish species or measures to combat illegal fishing. The BMEL is pushing for the further reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, in particular the introduction of a discard ban for non-useable fish and a landing ban for unwanted by-catches.

On the international level the BMEL advocates the preservation of living marine resources, for instance whales or the protection of the marine environment.

EU Ministers agree on fishing quotas in the Baltic Sea for 2017

Fishermen land a net full of herring on deck

On 10 September 2016 the EU Fisheries Ministers Council agreed on new fishing quotas in the Baltic Sea for 2017. Federal Minister Christian Schmidt considered the result a "prudent compromise with which the Council lived up to its responsibility".

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Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy

Fisherman stacks boxes with fish

The Common Fisheries Policy will be radically reformed by the new basic regulation which came into force on 1st January 2014.

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EU Common Fisheries Policy

The hands of two fishermen taking fish from a net

The provisions enacted under the EU Common Fisheries Policy aim to conserve stocks, promote a competitive fishing industry and stabilise the markets for fishery products.

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The German Fishing Industry

Fishing boats in the port

The German Fishing industry represents an efficient, state-of-the-art economic factor offering more than 40,000 jobs. Jobs - in the fisheries sector proper, in fish processing as well as in trade and gastronomy.

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