Pilot project on EU platform for fishery
and aquaculture producer organisations

Production in Europe’s fisheries sector is fragmented despite increases in the number of producer organisations, who play a key role in the day-to-day implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy and its market component.

To understand this fragmentation, the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries tasked our team with assessing the practicalities of implementing the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, specifically to review the recognition of groupings of fishermen or fish farmers as producer organisations under the Policy Regulation.

Our Tetra Tech team investigated what actions are being carried out to increase the internationalisation of the fishery and aquaculture sector. We used a mixed-methods approach including desk research, a legal review, participatory methods including piloting a series of cross-border events for aquaculture producer organisations and national administrations.

Specifically, this study examined:

  • Possible actions to increase the internationalisation of the sector;
  • The extent to which the sector is operating across national boundaries;
  • The extent to which the absence of recognised transnational producer organisations within the EU can be linked with the regulatory framework;
  • Costs and benefits from the establishment of actions/adoption of new regulatory provisions/guidance to foster the internationalisation of the sector.



Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission