Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and research

The CFP aims to conserve fish stocks and reduce overfishing in order to provide EU citizens with a long-term stable, secure and healthy food supply. 

Research and innovation efforts are needed to implement the CFP and acquire more food from the seas and oceans in a sustainable way, either through novel foods or food via aquaculture or fisheries.

Full details of the CFP

Research and innovation projects and the CFP

The EU is funding a variety of projects, which contribute to the implementation of one of the key challenges of the EU CFP – estimating the maximum sustainable yield (MSY). 

Some examples of EU funded R&I projects contributing to the policy

  • MyFish developed decision support tables for the correct estimation of MSY
  • ECOKNOWS  can be used to calculate fish mortality with greater accuracy than standard methods, and to inform stock assessment of another stock or species
  • FACTS was used to estimate the total allowable catch for herring and sprat in the Baltic, and the maximum sustainable fishing mortality for cod, herring, sprat and other species
  • DiscardLess and MINOUW are developing strategies to avoid unwanted catches