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Fishermen and fish farmers may join forces through producer organisations to make their production sustainable and efficiently market their products. They do so through the establishment of production and marketing plans. These organisations are key actors in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. In 2015, there were 219 producer organisations across 17 EU Member States.
NB: In AT, BG, CY, CZ, FI, HR, HU, LU, MT, SI and SK, there are no producer organisations.
Source: Member States. For Romania: Official Journal of the European Union, C 68, 8/3/2013
Advisory Councils are stakeholders' organisations composed of representatives from the industry and from other interest groups (with a 60% - 40% allocation of seats in the general assembly and the executive committee). Their purpose is to submit to the European Commission and Member States recommendations on issues related to fisheries and aquaculture. Advisory Councils may also provide information for the development of conservation measures, while Member States are to consult them in the context of regionalisation.
As they pursue an aim of general interest for Europe, Advisory Councils receive EU financial assistance from the European Commission to cover part of their operational costs.
In addition to the seven existing Advisory Councils (Baltic Sea, Long Distance Fleet, Mediterranean Sea, North Sea, North-Western waters, Pelagic stocks, South-Western waters), the new CFP has established four new Advisory Councils for the Black Sea, Aquaculture, Markets and Outermost regions. The first three are already operational.