Reform and the Common Fisheries Policy

16 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2011 Last revised: 21 Feb 2011

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Jill Wakefield

University of Warwick - School of Law

Date Written: 2010


The reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy is being discussed. It is accepted by all Member States that European waters are degraded, increasingly pressured by commercial and recreational sectors. Despite the adoption of an Integrated Maritime Policy to overcome the incoherence and fragmentation of marine policy, fisheries are to retain their independence from the policy. The discrete legal regime covering European fisheries provides for sustainable exploitation, a contradiction in terms, according to an unenforceable precautionary approach with Member States having a legally enforceable right to a continuing quota share. Until the values of the Common Fisheries Policy are changed and fisheries policy is subjected to the integrated maritime policy, fisheries will continue to decline.

Keywords: Common fisheries policy, integrated maritime policy, Marine Strategy Framework Directive, sustainable exploitation, precautionary approach

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Wakefield, Jill, Reform and the Common Fisheries Policy (2010). Warwick School of Law Research Paper No. 2011/01, Available at SSRN: or

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