Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
The Common Fisheries Policy has come a long way since its creation in 1982 – or indeed, since the first instruments of European fisheries policy were established in the early 1970s. What began as a set of tools to preserve traditional fishing patterns and defuse tension between a handful of nations is now a complex legal and scientific framework, which seeks to protect a natural resource whose finite, though renewable, nature can no longer be ignored.
Next to it, a new Maritime Policy seeks to respond in an integrated manner to all the challenges that European seas face today: from pollution to environment protection, from coastal development to job creation, from border control to surveillance and so on.
The Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (also known in short as DG MARE) is the Commission department responsible for the implementation of the Common Fisheries policy and of the Integrated Maritime Policy. With a staff of about 400, led by Director-General Lowri Evans and based in Brussels, DG MARE is made up of 6 Directorates dealing with all aspects of both policies, including among others conservation, control, market measures, structural actions and international relations relating to fisheries. DG MARE reports to Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.