Multi-annual plans (MAPs) are at the heart of the European Union’s reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). They are designed to ensure the long-term sustainable management of fisheries and end the focus on short-term gains that has long plagued EU fisheries. Negotiating multi-annual plans for these fisheries will be a delicate, technical, and political task, especially for mixed fisheries where several fish stocks are targeted at the same time. The plans lock stakeholders into taking and following measures for years to come in an effort to reverse the effects of decades of overfishing. To achieve this outcome, the MAPs must include robust objectives and safeguards that deliver on the CFP’s requirement to restore and maintain populations of fish stocks above biomass levels capable of producing maximum sustainable yield, the largest average catch that can be taken without having an impact on the long-term stability of the population.
- Baltic Sea Fisheries: Analysis of the Politically Agreed Multi-annual Planand Recommendations for Fishing Opportunities 2017
- Submission to Commission’s Consultation on the Development of Multi-Annual Plans for the Management of Demersal Fisheries in Western EU Waters (PDF)
- Submission to Commission's Consultation on the Development of a Regulation Establishing a Multi-annual Plan for the Management of North Sea Demersal Fisheries. (PDF)
- Letter to the EU Fisheries Ministers on the Proposed Baltic Sea Multi-Annual Plan (MAP)
- Letter to the European Commission on Trilogue Negotiations for a Multi Annual Plan for the Baltic Sea