New framework for technical measures in the reformed Common Fisheries Policy

RP LuxoThe main policy objective of this initiative is to support the objectives of the reformed CFP. Technical measures are a key tool to achieve these objectives.

Consultation on a new framework for technical measures in the reformed Common Fisheries Policy.

The new framework will also contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy by simplifying the fisheries policy, which has been criticised as being overly complex and difficult to enforce.

This overarching policy objective will be achieved through the following specific objectives:

  • Creation of a simplified regulatory framework that allows for regionalisation of technical measures.
  • Reduction and avoidance of unwanted catches through improvements to fishing gears and effective spatial and temporal measures.
  • Minimisation of the ecosystem impact of fishing gears through the mitigation of incidental bycatch of endangered, threatened or protected species and reduction of fishing pressure on sensitive habitats.

This consultation should ascertain the views of the main stakeholders on how to achieve these objectives considering both the measures themselves and the governance structure within which they operate.

Period of consultation: 24 January 2014 to 25 April 2014

More information on the consultation can be found here.