Management of fisheries resources and the environment

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Management of fisheries resources and the environment

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Management of fisheries resources and the environment


These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

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Management of fisheries resources and the environment

The common fisheries policy (CFP) aims to guarantee the sustainability of living aquatic resources and environmental protection. To ensure sustainable fishing, the European Union has drawn up multiannual plans to replenish and manage the stocks, as well as specific measures (total allowable catches, limitation of the fishing effort, the prohibition of certain fishing gear, minimum landing sizes, etc.). Finally, it has adopted regulations to protect species not targeted by fisheries (marine mammals, birds and turtles), juveniles and vulnerable fish stocks and sensitive habitats.

  • Debate on the eco-labelling of fisheries products


General Framework

  • Conservation and exploitation of marine resources
  • Reducing discards and by-catches
  • Rights-based management tools in fisheries
  • Indicators of fishing capacity and effort
  • Maximum sustainable yield

Specific provisions

  • Recovery of cod stocks
  • Deep-sea fish stocks
  • Conservation and management of sharks
  • Conservation of certain stocks of migratory fish
  • Removal of shark fins


General Framework

  • Strategy for the marine environment
  • Biodiversity strategy for 2020
  • Action Plan for biodiversity
  • Protection of vulnerable marine ecosystems in the high seas from bottom fishing
  • Destructive fishing practices in the high seas and the protection of ecosystems

Specific provisions

  • Whaling
  • Water suitable for fish-breeding
  • Protecting cetaceans against incidental catch
  • International Dolphin Conservation Programme


  • Building a sustainable future for aquaculture
  • Alien and locally absent species
  • Quality of shellfish waters
  • A strategy for the sustainable development of European aquaculture


  • Fisheries control system
  • Combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
  • Strategy against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
  • Community Fisheries Control Agency
  • Marine knowledge 2020
  • Community framework relating to scientific data and advice
  • Towards integrated maritime surveillance
  • Compliance work plan and scoreboard

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