Consultation on a new framework for technical measures in the reformed Common Fisheries Policy

January 31, 2014

Pgm2014 2020: Yes

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The main policy objective of this consultation is to support the objectives of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (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 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.