The market for fisheries products
There is a lot more to the fishing industry than just catching fish. A whole chain of operations links the catch in the fisherman's net to the meal on the consumer's plate.
The common fisheries policy (CFP) is involved at every stage:
- The EU market organisation regime (also known as the common organisation of the market) helps smooth out variations in supply and price, for the benefit of fishers and processing companies and consumers.
- Under the EU market regime, fishing operators in many regions are organised in producers' organisations which plan production and develop marketing strategies.
- The Commission works with stakeholders on labelling to give consumers correct information and ensure that fish products are fully traceable.
- Facilitating external is an essential dimension of the EU fishing industry's relations with the rest of the world, not least because the EU is the world's largest market for fisheries products.
- All fish products sold in the EU have to meet rigorous food hygiene standards.
- Guide to EU fisheries policy [2 MB] – see chapter 14 (“The final product: producers, processors, consumers”) [107 KB]
- Fact sheet on market trends [425 KB]
Proposal for a COUNCIL REGULATION fixing for the 2013 fishing year the guide prices and Union producer prices for certain fishery products pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 104/2000 - COM/2012/687 final [143 KB]
Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament, and the European Economic and Social Committee. Launching a debate on a Community approach towards eco-labelling schemes for fisheries products - COM/2005/0275 final
Report from the Commission on the implementation of the measures provided for in Council Regulation (EC) No 2328/2003 of 22 December 2003 introducing a scheme to compensate for the additional costs incurred in the marketing of certain fishery products from the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, and the French departments of Guiana and Réunion, as a result of those regions’ remoteness - COM/2006/0734 final
Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 104/2000 on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products - COM/2006/0558 final
Report from the Commission on implementation of the scheme to compensate for the additional costs incurred in the marketing of certain fishery products from the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands and the French department of Guiana and Reunion as a result of those regions' remoteness - COM/2003/0574 final