In an open letter sent to EU Ministers last month, SAR and FISH welcome the Commission proposal for regulation on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products as well as for a new Maritime and Fisheries Fund. However, the groups point out several caveats that need attention in the on-going reform of the CFP and that need urgent attention before the end of 2012.

In an open letter sent to EU Ministers last month, SAR and FISH welcome the Commission proposal for regulation on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products as well as for a new Maritime and Fisheries Fund. However, the groups point out several caveats that need attention in the on-going reform of the CFP and that need urgent attention before the end of 2012.

In the letter that was sent ahead of this week's Fisheries Committee meeting, SAR and FISH emphasize the need to shift from market interventions to a policy where the sector is given greater responsibilities to manage and adapt production.

The groups call for improved consumer information, conditions for marketing and use of unwanted catches, and the protection of the interest of small-scale fishers.

Regarding the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, SAR and Fish point out the huge importance of eliminating subsidies that facilitate or maintain overcapacity; the need to increase the availability of funds for enforcement and data collection, and the potential to promote aquaculture only when addressing environmental and social considerations.


For more information:
The letter to Ministers
 
 

Annex II to the letter

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