The CFP, launched in 1970, created a common market for fish, with equal access for all EU nations policed by quotas and catch allowances. The CFP has sort to preserve fish stocks by reducing catch quotas and paying for the decommissioning of vessels through the European Fisheries Fund.

Fishing remains an important UK industry. In 2010, the UK fishing industry had 6,477 fishing vessels and landed 606 thousand tonnes of sea fish (including shellfish) into the UK and abroad with a value of £719 million.1

The CFP has received a lot of criticism, due to the policy of catch discards, a belief the UK receives a bad deal, the issue of UK quotas being bought by third countries and the environmental problems caused by the EU policy of buying up fishing rights in developing states for EU vessels.

The Fresh Start Project will look at whether the balance in the CFP is right between the EU and UK, whether national control of fishing is practical, and how best to improve fishing management and conservation.


CFP Chapter (10 Jul 2012)

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