Fish and seafood are highly valued by consumers. Germany is only about 25 percent self-sufficient in respect of fish. Nevertheless, the coastal fishing sector still plays an important role, as it also processes the large quantities of fish that are imported from all over the world, especially from Norway and China, but also from other EU states.

A bunch of colourful fishing nets
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Overview of topics

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.


Marine protection

Fishing and environmental protection influence one another. The fishing industry is dependent on an intact natural environment but it also impacts on the maritime environment itself. The industry can only have a stable future if fishing is conducted in a sustainable manner, i.e. in harmony with nature and with future generations in mind.



EU Min­is­ters agree on fish­ing quo­tas in the Baltic Sea for 2019 (topic:marine-protection)

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.


The 14 green pro­fes­sions (topic:training)

The 14 green professions in Germany offer young people varied and diverse opportunities with good prospects for the future.


EU Com­mon Fish­eries Pol­i­cy (topic:fisheries)

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.


Ger­many's Pro­pos­al for a Ma­rine Pro­tect­ed Area (topic:fisheries)

The Federal Government explicitly commits to expanding the marine protected areas in Antarctica and submitted a request for a marine protected area (MPA) in the Wedell Sea to the international Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in October 2016.


Agree­ment reached on 2017 catch quo­tas for the North Sea (topic:marine-protection)

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.


Whale con­ser­va­tion (topic:livestock-breeding)

The Federal Government of Germany is resolutely opposed to commercial whaling. This also applies to scientific whaling.


Re­form of the Com­mon Fish­eries Pol­i­cy (topic:marine-protection)

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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