Two EU fisheries federations commented on the Commission’s Green Paper on the future of the Common Fisheries Policy. While they believe the Commission to be too pessimistic about the future of the fishing industry, they find the Green Paper to be quite fair overall. Nevertheless, they say the Green Paper lacks a socio-economic dimension.
The Green Paper recommends a radical reform of the EU fisheries policy in order to deal with problems of vulnerability of valuable fish stocks as a result of overfishing.
Main elements of the Green Paper are:
- current annual national fishing quotas (Total Allowable Catches – TACs) will be replaced by a system of multi-annual and multi-species quotas;
- EU-wide sanctions for fishermen breaking the rules on allowable quotas;
- greater involvement of stakeholders;
- initiatives to create alternative sources of employment for job losses as a result of fleet reductions.