EAPO issues its position paper to EU fisheries ministers on fishing opportunities 2023
The European Association of Fish Producers Organisations (EAPO) has issued its position paper to EU Member State Fisheries Ministers on fishing opportunities in 2023 in anticipation of the December AGRIFISH Council as well as in preparation of the forthcoming bi- and trilateral negotiations with the UK and Norway.
In the position paper, the EAPO says that in the past few years, the EU fishing fleet has been faced with many challenges such as massive quota losses because of Brexit, collapsed markets during the COVID-19 pandemic and lately sky-high fuel and commodity prices linked to the tragic conflict in Ukraine. An increasing number of offshore windfarms, Marine Protected Areas and other uses of marine space, the Green Deal driving the need for vessel modernisation and for decarbonisation and other social and political aspects are adding to the despair many fishers are experiencing.
The EAPO highlights that in this position paper it wishes to highlight the importance of having sufficient quotas for European fishers, enabling them to achieve turnovers that in turn will allow investments to be made and challenges to be met. The position EAPO puts forward here takes into account the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) considering the three pillars required to ensure overall sustainability. Keeping the possibility for normal business practices for supplying sustainable food to the EU market requires that decisions made on fishing opportunities for 2023 take into account the EAPO comments in this paper.
The paper examines numerous areas including:
- Stakeholder involvement in bi- and trilateral consultations,
- ICES & Quality assurance in stock assessments,
- The Landing Obligation
- Comments on pelagic stocks, Baltic Sea stocks, and North Sea stocks