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.
Who should have the right to fish? Concept paper (pdf)