About this consultation

Consultation period
12 January 2014 - 14 May 2014
Maritime affairs and fisheries

Consultation outcome

Number of responses received: 59

In the light of the comments received and taking into account the outcome of the on-going impact assessment, the Commission will propose revised versions of the applicable rules.

Target group

All citizens and organisations.

Objective of the consultation

Development of a new technical measures framework in the context of the reformed common fisheries policy (CFP).

The main policy objective of this initiative was to support the objectives of the reformed CFP. Technical measures are a key tool to achieve these objectives.

The new framework will also contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy by simplifying the fisheries policy, which has been criticised as being overly complex and difficult to enforce.

This overarching policy objective will be achieved through the following specific objectives

  • Creation of a simplified regulatory framework that allows for regionalisation of technical measures
  • Reduction and avoidance of unwanted catches through improvements to fishing gears and effective spatial and temporal measures
  • Minimisation of the ecosystem impact of fishing gears through the mitigation of incidental bycatch of endangered, threatened or protected species and reduction of fishing pressure on sensitive habitats

This consultation should ascertain the views of the main stakeholders on how to achieve these objectives considering both the measures themselves and the governance structure within which they operate.


Reference documents

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