Over 70 artisanal coastal fisheries organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including Seas At Risk, have signed a joint declaration calling for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) to place sustainable artisanal coastal fisheries at the heart of the CFP.

Over 70 artisanal coastal fisheries organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including Seas At Risk, have signed a joint declaration calling for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) to place sustainable artisanal coastal fisheries at the heart of the CFP.

The collaboration between environmental NGOs and organisations of artisanal coastal fishers is based on a number of joint demands for the reformed CFP, which the organisations involved have put forward to the EU Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, the EU Fisheries Ministers and Members of the European Parliament in relation to the reform of the CFP.

The joint demands include: healthy marine ecosystems as a precondition for sustainable fisheries; a just allocation of access to fish resources based on social and environmental criteria and an equitable distribution of the benefits derived from these; and a transparent and participatory CFP reform process.

The text, known as the La Coruña Declaration, is intended to contribute to discussions at two high profile meetings next week in Spain where a large stakeholder conference and an informal Fisheries Council will address the reform of the CFP.

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