A New EU Fisheries Policy
- The 13th of July 2011 the EU Commission proposed a revised Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) to be based on “all fish landed” [COM(2011) 425 Final]. This entails a transformation to a policy where all fish caught count on the TAC/quotas. The principle of full accountability is a complete change from present management where only the fish landed count against the quotas and where both incentives and requirements to discard fish are strong elements of management.
The principle of full accountability is supported by the principle of Full Documentation as the Commission proposes that fishing vessels must be equipped with electronic monitoring (CCTV, sensor systems and E-log).
The proposal is i.a. based on extensive trials with Catch Quota Management (CQM) and full documentation in Denmark, Germany and the UK. On this website you can study reports, scientific papers, policy principles and videos regarding the planning, implementation and functioning of CQM.
- The EU Commission also proposes that EU Member States introduce transferable catch concessions. Denmark has managed its fisheries by TFC since 2003 for the pelagic fishery and 2007 for the demersal fishery.