The Common Fisheries Policy

Current talks could bring about much needed reform of fisheries management across Europe.

The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), set up by the European Commission to manage fish stocks across the EU is widely agreed to have failed to prevent overfishing and to manage our fisheries in a sustainable way.

Techniques to catch fish can result in a great deal of bycatch and a number of fish stocks are being fished beyond sustainable limits.

In the last two years, the Common Fisheries Policy has undergone a major review. You can read more about our work and the votes which have taken place in Europe through our Living Seas blog.