The Commission has today (18.08) repealed measures adopted against the Faroe Islands in August 2013 following their 'unsustainable fishery on Atlanto-Scandian herring'. The measures imposed will be lifted on August 20, 2014.
Brian O'Riordan, ICSF
Workers in the small-scale fisheries sector throughout the value chain around the world have cause to celebrate. At a meeting in Rome on June 10 of the 31st Session of the FAOs Committee on Fisheries (COFI 31), 116 members (of a total of 143) approved the adoption of the first ever international instrument dedicated to small-scale fisheries.
For over six years, a platform of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has been actively engaged with FAO and its member states to develop this instrument. These organisations include the World Forum of Fisherpeople (WFFP); the World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fishworkers (WFF); the International Planning Committee on Food Sovereignty (IPC) and the International Collective of Fishworkers (ICSF). Together, the two World Forums represent around 70 community-based organisations of small-scale fishers from Latin America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
Exchanging experiences in Costa Rica
Approximately 90% of the 140 million people engaged in fisheries globally work in the small-scale fisheries sector, predominantly in the Global South. These small-scale fisher people catch half of the world's total catches by volume, and provide over 60% of the fish destined for direct human consumption.
Brian O'Riordan, ICSF
Should policies for small-scale fisheries be decided nationally or at European level, and should the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) concern itself with the management of this sector?
In its April 2009 Green Paper on CFP Reform, DG Mare suggested that the CFP could play a role in both. Most Member States (MS) did not support the differentiated management regimes suggested, however the reformed CFP is potentially of great significance for small scale fisheries.
In the small-scale fishery chain there are direct linkages with high tech processing and marketing industries associated with large retail outlets, as well as with small-scale artisenal processing, marketing and retail secctors. Photo courtesy of Lonxanet Foundation, Galicia, Spain
Specifically, the CFP could go a long way to ensuring or otherwise securing fair access for small-scale fisheries to fishery resources and grounds; to trading and market opportunities; to resources for supporting the sector - finance, information, infrastructure; and to policy decision-taking and management related processes.