Danish Fisheries Minister Rasmus Prehn, has appointed a fisheries commission which will investigate how to secure the future of the industry

Danish Fisheries Minister Rasmus Prehn, has appointed a fisheries commission which will investigate how to secure the future of the industry

Prehn puts Lars Barfoed at the head of a new commission on the future of Danish fishing

Danish Fisheries Minister, Rasmus Prehn and the parliamentary parties behind the agreement on the implementation of the Brexit Adjustment Reserve Fund (BAR) have named the chairman of the new fisheries commission. 

At the same time, the final terms of reference are presented. At the end of 2023, the Fisheries Commission will make concrete recommendations on how we can secure the future of the fishing industry.

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Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Rasmus Prehn, has named Lars Barfoed as the chairman of the new fisheries commission which will investigate how the fishing industry is secured for the future.

The decision to set up a fisheries commission comes in the wake of Brexit, which, among other things due to quota reductions, has created challenges for Danish fisheries. The chairman is appointed along with the other nine members of the Commission, who are experts in entrepreneurship and food development, economics and finance, fisheries, governance and society, ecosystems, and climate. The names of the remaining members of the Fisheries Commission will be published after the summer holidays.

The Fisheries Commission will hold its first meeting in the autumn of 2022 and is expected to complete its work at the end of 2023. Here, the Commission will make recommendations on how fisheries can continue to develop so that they are economically viable and contribute to the economy, while protecting the climate and marine environment.

Fisheries Minister Rasmus Prehn says:

“I am really happy to be able to name the chairman of the new Fisheries Commission today. Lars Barfoed comes with a great deal of political insight and a huge knowledge of the business community – including the food sector – of which fishing is a crucial part. Unfortunately, Brexit has proved to be of enormous importance to Danish fishermen because fishing quotas were reduced. At the same time, a number of fish stocks in the oceans are under pressure and fuel prices are rising. Therefore, it is absolutely crucial for the future of fisheries that we find solutions on how we create an economically and environmentally sustainable fishery in the future. That task, I believe that Lars Barfoed and the commission we put him in charge of, are the right ones to solve.”

The Liberal Party’s fisheries spokesman Torsten Schack Pedersen says:

“Danish fishing is in an incredibly pressured situation. I hope that the Fisheries Commission can make recommendations for a future fisheries policy that can promote and develop Danish fisheries. There is a need to create better framework conditions so that faith in Danish fishing is restored. I look forward to the Fisheries Commission making proposals for this.”

Socialist People’s Party fisheries spokesman Rasmus Nordqvist says:

“It is about the fisheries of the future that protect biodiversity at sea and at the same time provide jobs in the many local environments that depend on fishing. But it will require a change and therefore the new commission must look at all the many elements that together constitute challenges and opportunities for future fishing in Denmark.”

Radical Left fisheries spokesman Martin Lidegaard says:

“Danish fishing is under pressure, and there is a great need for new thinking. The goal is sustainable fishing in every sense, both environmentally, economically and socially. I hope the new Fisheries Commission can lead the way.”

The Unity List’s fisheries spokesman Søren Egge Rasmusen says:

“For the Unity List, it is important that the new Fisheries Commission also takes seriously how we can restore the fish stocks so that there can be greater fishing in the future. Trawl-free areas, rock reefs and the planting of eelgrass are important elements but will not work unless the excessive nitrogen pollution of agriculture is not significantly reduced. In the short term, it is also important to ensure the development of gentle sustainable fishing.”

The Conservative People’s Party’s fisheries spokesman Per Larsen says:

“A fisheries commission is needed, because fishing is under pressure, and politicians must not strain the legs of the fishery. It is important that we have a sense of the challenges facing the industry when making political decisions. That is why it is crucial that we bring in experts so that we can secure the future of the profession, which has a long and proud tradition in Denmark.”

The Danish People’s Party’s fisheries spokesperson Mette Dencker says:

“Denmark is a maritime country and a fishing nation. Therefore, we have a special responsibility to take the lead and show the way for what sustainable fishing can look like. We simply have to find the right balance when it comes to nature and the sea. That work is now continuing with the Fisheries Commission.”

Frie Grønne’s fisheries spokesperson Susanne Zimmer:

“It is good that a fisheries commission is being set up, which looks at the development of fisheries in a future-oriented perspective. Without fish no fishing. At Frie Grønne, we are particularly concerned that fisheries do not adversely affect ecosystems and that biodiversity is restored in the marine environments where it is under pressure. That is why we are pleased that the two members of the Commission are experts in ecosystems.”

Chairman of the Danish Fishermen’s Association said:

“I welcome the Fisheries Commission. The Commission is set in the world at the request of the fishing industry. That is why, of course, we are pleased that the Commission is now getting to work.

“Fishing is challenged on many fronts. Declining fishing opportunities, CO2 taxes and increased struggle to be allowed to use the sea. Therefore, the commission comes at a crucial time for the fishery, and it is our hope that the commission will strengthen the Danish fishing industry and equip the industry for the future.

“We are fully ready to contribute to the work of the Fisheries Commission, and we hope we will be involved in the work as much as possible.

“We need a comprehensive plan for what should happen to fishing. We hope that the Fisheries Commission can contribute to this. One of the points that we believe the Commission needs to address is scientific advice. We need to improve our data and use real-time data to a greater extent. In this way, we can ensure that there is a better connection between the size of the fishing quotas and the condition of the stocks. It benefits both fishermen and fish stocks.”


  • The Fisheries Commission has its first meeting in the autumn of 2022 and must submit their report no later than 31 December 2023.
  • The work of the Fisheries Commission is divided into two phases, where the first phase focuses on analyzing the fishery and setting visions for where it should move. And the second phase will focus on the concrete recommendations for how the visions can be realized.
  • To ensure thorough coverage of the entire fishery, the Commission is working on recommendations for coastal fisheries, demersal offshore fisheries and pelagic and industrial fisheries, respectively.
  • The Commission Secretariat is located in the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries.

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