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Key Policy Developments

Common Fisheries Policy Review

The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) of the European Union was first put in place in 1983 and has since been subject to review every 10 years. The next review is formally scheduled for 2012.

Following a nationwide consultation process overseen by Dr Noel Cawley, Ireland submitted its response to the Commission’s Green Paper in February 2010. Ireland’s submission document sets out a number of informed recommendations and key priorities for the new CFP. These cover:

A new focus on addressing discarding of fish at sea with a complete ban being introduced for stocks in a depleted state;

The retention of a management system based on national quotas supported by increased flexibility and a rejection of the mandatory privatisation of fish quotas or the introduction of international trading of fish quotas;

New measures to strengthen the market for EU producers and increase quay side prices;

Reinvigoration of European aquaculture with continued structural support and a roadmap that establishes a route for growth in harmony with Community environmental law;

A new regional structure to decision making at EU level with increasing industry responsibility and the development of a culture of compliance.

Under the planned EU timetable for the review, a CFP Reform Package/legislative proposal to the Council and the European Parliament is expected to be adopted mid 2011. This will involve a presentation by the Commission and exchange of views at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in June 2011. It is anticipated that intensive negotiations will continue until the entry into force of this proposal on the 1st January 2013.

Implementation of the “Sea Change” Marine Research Programme 2007-2013

Sea Change” is the National Research and Innovation Strategy for the Marine Sector in Ireland. It was approved by government in 2007 to be implemented over the period 2007-2013. Sea Change presents a national agenda comprising science, research, innovation and management, aimed at a complete transformation of the Irish maritime economy.

Specifically it seeks to:

  • Strengthen the competitiveness and environmental sustainability of the marine sector;
  • Build new multidisciplinary research capacity in fundamental technologies that can be applied to marine-related activities; and
  • deliver a comprehensive planned policy research programme.