Fisheries policy

Long-term stability in the fishing industry is dependent on healthy marine ecosystems. The EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) underwent a fundamental reform in 2014. It was a step in the right direction towards sustainable fishing. This includes management and stock recovery plans for various fish species and measures to combat illegal fishing. The CFP aims to conserve stocks, promote a competitive fishing industry and stabilise the markets for fishery products.

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Overview of topics

EU Ministers agree on fishing quotas in the Baltic Sea for 2019

In Luxembourg on 15 October 2018, the EU Fisheries Ministers Council agreed on fishing quotas in the Baltic Sea for 2019. The fishing quotas are based on the multi-annual plan for the Baltic Sea that was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in 2016.

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Agreement reached on 2017 catch quotas for the North Sea

At the EU Council of Agriculture Ministers' meeting held in Brussels on 12 and 13 December, the European Fisheries Ministers agreed on the total allowable catches (TACs) and the catch quotas for 2017. This concerns in particular the fish stocks of the North Sea and the North East Atlantic.

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The German Fishing Industry

The German fishing industry constitutes an efficient, state-of-the-art economic factor providing work for more than 40,000 people – in the fisheries, in fish processing and in the retail and catering trades.

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EU Common Fisheries Policy

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

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Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy

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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