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EU ecolabel for fishery & aquaculture products (consultation)

Saturday, 13 June, 2015

The EU has opened a public consultation process on fisheries and aquaculture

Fishing plays a particularly important role in the economies of the Union's coastal regions, including the outermost regions. Given that it provides fishermen in those regions with their livelihood, steps should be taken to foster market stability and a closer correlation between supply and demand.
Fishery producer organisations and aquaculture producer organisations ("producer organisations") are the key to achieving the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and of the Common Organisation of the Markets (CMO). It is therefore necessary to enhance their responsibilities and to provide the necessary financial support to allow them to play a more meaningful role in the day-to-day management of fisheries, whilst respecting the framework defined by objectives of the CFP. It is also necessary to ensure that their members carry out fishing and aquaculture activities in a sustainable manner, improve the placing on the market of products, collect information on aquaculture and improve their incomes.
The consultation is intended to assist the Commission to understand opinions on the impacts and issues associated with fisheries and aquaculture ecolabels (positive and negative) from different stakeholder groups.
Target groups
The consultation is open to all stakeholder groups and individuals. EU welcomes participation from consumer groups, producer organisations, government bodies, public authorities, fishing and aquaculture companies, suppliers, retailers and NGOs.

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