Low impact fishing and the European Common Fisheries Policy

The European Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has now been in place for almost thirty years. It is once again subject to its ten-yearly process of review and reform, and on the 13th July the European Commission published its proposals for change. Amongst a range of policy initiatives and modifications, these include two more radical moves - the introduction of a no-discards policy, and the mandatory establishment of systems of transferable rights based management.

Nautilus has been commissioned by a group of environmental NGOs to examine how the raft of proposed policy changes might be expected to support or hinder the adoption of practices that reduce overall impact on the marine and wider environment, and more specifically the adoption of low impact and low carbon fishing. The work will also examine how best these NGOs can influence the change process during the last eighteen months before the reformed CFP becomes law.