EU-SSF CFP reform
Paving their way to sustainable livelihoods and thriving fishing communities,


Below you will find a calendar of coming and past events related to small-scale artisanal fishing communities and the CFP reform. For more events (not only related to small-scale artisanal fisheries) you can also have a look at the FISHSEC calendar and the CFP-reformwatch calendar.

October 2011

  • 10 and 11/10/2011: European Parliament Fisheries Committee Hearing on Small-scale Fisheries, Brussels, Belgium.

Draft agenda

July 2011

  • 11/07/2011: 1st International Artisanal Fisheries Development Day, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Link to speakers' presentations

April 2011

  • 04 and 05/04/2011: International conference: "It's Not Just About the Fish: Social and cultural perspectives of sustainable marine fisheries", University of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom.

The conference is being co-hosted by the University's School of Science and the Greenwich Maritime Institute.

More information on the website of the event

February 2011

  • 08/02/2011: Round Table on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, Committee of the Regions, Brussels, Belgium.

This round table was organized by the Xunta de Galicia and the Fundación Galicia Europa to discuss the reform of the CFP with a particular focus on a specific regime for artisan fishing and shellfish harvesting in the European Union. Panelists included Carmen Fraga Estévez (Chair of the Fisheries Committee of the EP), Lowri Evans (Director General, DG Mare), Rosa Quintana Carballo (Conselleira do Mar, Xunta de Galicia), Maria José Martínez González (shellfish sector) and Benito González Sineiro (Chair of the Galician Federation of Cofradias).

  • 31/01/2011 to 04/02/2011: FAO COFI (Committee on Fisheries) 29, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy.

The 29th Session of the Fisheries Committee (COFI 29) of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will meet in Rome from 31st January to 4th February 2011. Agenda item 10 on “Good practices in the governance of small-scale fisheries: Sharing of experiences and lessons learned in responsible fisheries for social and economic development” is of considerable potential interest.

Following the outcomes of the FAO Global Conference on Small-Scale Fisheries (4SSF in Bangkok, 2008) at the previous COFI (COFI 28 in March 2009) many FAO Members expressed the need for an international instrument on small-scale fisheries that would guide national and international efforts to secure sustainable small-scale fisheries and create a framework for monitoring and reporting. At the next session of COFI (COFI 29), Committee members are invited to give guidance on the desirability, scope and nature of such an instrument, comment on the principles and thematic areas identified by the consultative processes and advise on the next steps.

This international debate comes at a time where the EU is reforming its Common Fisheries Policy, with the possibility of adopting a differentiated fishing regime to protect small-scale coastal fleets. The EU’s position has not changed since the last COFI meeting as regards its approach to the small scale fisheries sector, which will remain coherent with the present and future Common Fisheries Policy. It has not supported the development of a new international instrument dedicated to small scale fisheries, but rather to encourage existing commitments under the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries to be implemented fully.

More information on the FAO COFI website

January 2011

December 2010

  • 10/12/2010: Workshop on "Small Scale Fisheries in the EU: undervalued and underrepresented?", FARNET Support Unit, Brussels, Belgium.

The purpose of this workshop is to review and discuss how small-scale fisheries are perceived and treated both at Member State level and EU level, and how small scale fishing interests are (or are not) represented in the policy making and decision taking processes relating to fisheries conservation and management, with the objective of identifying and outlining ways of improving both the way small scale fisheries are treated and in the way they are represented.

November 2010

  • 25 and 26/11/2010: Symposium: "Coastal cultures in times of change", Coastal Culture Centre, Slettestrand, Denmark.

The purpose of the conference is to gain wide knowledge about European coastal regions and the challenges they face today, and to discuss how fishing activities and lifemodes (can) still shape the cultural landscape of coastal communities and harbors. The conference will put a special focus on the ongoing reform of the Common Fisheries Policy and how this process is involving and influencing everyday lives in European coastal communities.

More information on the website of the event

  • 16/11/2010: Conference on the CFP Reform: "Another future for fisheries", European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.

Provisional programme

October 2010

  • 28/10/2010: Seas At Risk seminar on Low Impact Fisheries and the Reform of the CFP, Brussels, Belgium.

Information and registration

September 2010

  • 02/09/2010: Green MEPs seminar: "Who should have the Right to Fish?" Brussels, Belgium.

Who should have the right to fish? was the title of the seminar organised by the Green MEPs in the European Parliament on 2 September.

Isabella Lövin (Sweden), Raul Romeva (Spain) and Jean Paul Besset (France) presented a new vision on how fishing access rights should be allocated under the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). In their view, the allocation should be based on environmental and social criteria, rather than the current system based on relative stability and historical rights.

The seminar participants, including representatives of the fisheries sector from the Mediterranean to the Baltic and wider civil society, agreed that in their local fisheries such a change would be an improvement on the status quo. Carla Montesi from the Commission also welcomed this contribution to the debate.

Concept paper
Civil Society Response

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

  • 02 and 03/05/2010: Conference on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. La Coruña, Spain.

This conference is co-organized by the European Commission and the Spanish Presidency of the European Union. Three key pillars of the reform will be debated in three simultaneous workshops: governance, access and resource management and the differentiated regime for small-scale and coastal fisheries. The conference is open to European institutions, national administrations, representatives of the fisheries sector, the scientific community in addition to non-governmental organisations.

April 2010

  • 30/04/2010, 16:30 to 19:30: Meeting of organizations of artisanal coastal fishers and NGOs: PLACING SUSTAINABLE ARTISANAL COASTAL FISHERIES AT THE HEART OF THE CFP REFORM. La Coruña, Spain.

This meeting of organizations of artisanal coastal fishers and NGOs is organised in order to identify further common ground and discuss how to work more closely together to support the achievement of sustainable fisheries and livelihoods through CFP reform.
The meeting will take place on 30th April in La Coruna (Spain) in the Caixa Galicia Foundation, Calle Nueva, 30 from 4.30 to 7.30pm
The results of the meeting will be presented at the official stakeholder Conference on the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (La Coruna, 2-3 May 2010) organized by the European Commission with the Spanish EU presidency.

For more information, please contact

La Coruna Declaration: Placing Sustainable Artisanal Coastal Fisheries at the Heart of the CFP Reform

La Coruna Meeting: Participants List

La Coruna Meeting: Press Release

NGO statement on the A Coruña statement on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy

More information on

March 2010

February 2010

  • 25/02/2010: European Commission seminar on Small-scale Fisheries in the CFP. Brussels, Belgium

One-day meeting on Small-scale and Coastal Fisheries in the CFP with the participation of Member States, European Parliament, Committee of the Regions, Economic and Social Committee and stakeholders. Draft programme includes the following points: A specific regime for small scale coastal fisherie, A portrait of small-scale coastal fisheries, Alternatives for the definition of small-scale coastal fisheries, Specific measures for the management of small-scale fisheries

Contact: Casto López Benítez (Policy Development and co-ordination, DG Mare):

  • 13/02/2010: Workshop on Women in Fisheries and Aquaculture in Europe: “Recasting the net: defining a gender agenda for sustaining life and livelihoods in fisheries and aquaculture”. Brussels, Belgium

The aim of this workshop is to analyse the situation and key concerns of women in fisheries and aquaculture in Europe, with the objectives of :

- Analyzing the impact of current development on life and livelihood in fishing communities, locating women’s experiences in fisheries in the context of global changes;
- Sharing local agendas and strategies of women’s organizations in fisheries, taking stock of achievements and obstacles;
- Defining a shared agenda and strategy for sustaining life and livelihood in fisheries into the future.

For more information contact: Brian O'Riordan, Secretary, ICSF Belgium Office.

  • 01 and 02/02/2010: Seafood Summit 2010. Paris, France

Seafood Summit brings together global representatives from the seafood industry and conservation community for in-depth discussions, presentations and networking with the goal of making the seafood marketplace environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

More information: Seafood Choices Alliance

January 2010

  • 31/01/2010: Seafood Summit 2010. Paris, France
  • 25/01/2010: European Commission seminar on Right Based Management in the CFP. Brussels, Belgium

The Commission is holding this seminar which aims to: 1) Summarise RBM debate to date with a focus on sensitive issues; 2) Outline Commission approach to RBM in a reformed CFP; 3) Discuss practical design and implementation issues in the EU.

Draft program (pdf)

Speakers presentations

  • 19 and 20/01/2010: European Commission DG Mare meeting with stakeholders. Brussels, Belgium

This meeting was organised by the Commission on January 19th and 20th, with stakeholders (fishing/processing sector, trade unions, NGOs – including Pew, WWF, Greenpeace, SAR, CFFA). External fisheries policy was debated. All debates were introduced by the DG mare, giving their current views about potential future options.

December 2009

  • 12 and 13/12/2009: Meeting with irish islands fishermen. Arainn Mhor (Co Donegal), Ireland

This meeting was held to discuss about the ban of salmon fishing and its effects on the small islands communitites and their livelihoods. A declaration was signed by the visiting delegates and will be sent as a submission to the Green Paper process.

Examination of the effects of the implementation of the report by the independant salmon group (pdf)
Arainn Mhor Fisheries Declaration (pdf)

  • 01/12/2009: Public Hearing of the European Parliament - Green Paper on the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. Brussels, Belgium.

Public Hearing of the Committee on Fisheries. Chairwoman: Carmen FRAGA ESTEVEZ

Programme (pdf)

This public hearing was held on 01.12.2009 to consider the major challenges of the future reform of the CFP. Regional Advisory Councils, industry representatives, NGOs and other stakeholders discussed with members of the PECH Committee the major directions of the CFP.

Presentation by ICSF (pdf)

During the meeting of 30.11.2009, the rapporteur, Maria do Céu Neves Patrão (EPP PT), presented her draft report on the Green Paper on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. One of the issues that the rapporteur examines in her report is how to ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of fisheries.

Draft report on the Green Paper on the reform of the CFP (pdf)

Further information:
The Fisheries Committee
CFP reform

November 2009

  • 25, 26 and 27/11/2009: International (Small Scale or Inshore) Professional Fishers Meeting. Biarritz, France.

Organized by the CNPMEM (French national Committee for Marine fisheries and sea farming) and the CONAPPED (French national Committee of the professional freshwater fishers). The aims of this event are to inform about: importance of small-scale activity at French, European and World level ; good practices in small-scale fisheries, compliant to the Agenda 21 principles and sustainable development.

For more information, Nicolas Michelet, Chargé de mission, Comité National des Pêches Maritimes et des Elevages Marins (CNPMEM) - Comité National de la Pêche Professionnelle en Eau Douce (CONAPPED) - Address: CNPMEM, 134, avenue de Malakoff - 75116 Paris
Tel : +33 (0)1 72 71 18 61 / Fax : +33 (0)1 72 71 18 50 /
Site web CNPMEM:
Invitation from Yannick Carteret / Leaflet

  • 20 and 21/11/2009: World Fisheries Day. Lorient, France.

Event organised by Pêche & Développement collective.
20/11/2009: A Critical Look at the Scientific Management of Fisheries
21/11/2009: World Fisheries Day. Responsible Fisheries Initiatives taken by Fishermen: towards an alternative Common Fisheries Policy

More information: Fanny Brun, Collectif Pêche & Développement

Minutes of the meeting in French (pdf)

  • 3 and 4/11/2009: Decision-Making in the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. Edinburgh, Scotland.

Joint RAC seminar
Programme in PDF
More information

October 2009

  • 22/10/2009, 10:00 to 16:30: UK National Summit on the future of Inshore Fisheries. Hastings, United Kingdom.

The aim of the day is to have an open discussion on the future of the Inshore fleet, and in particular the future of the Under 10 Metre fleet.

More information: Terri Lock. Telf 07917826040

September 2009

  • 28/09/2009, 09:00 to 18:00: Workshop on Common Fisheries Policy reform in the European Union and Small-scale fisheries: Paving the way to sustainable livelihoods and thriving fishing communities. Brussels, Belgium.

See section "Brussels Workshop".