Pilot project on EU platform for fishery
and aquaculture producer organisations

The structure of the EU fisheries and aquaculture sector is complex and has been accompanied by a number of challenges in the past. A lack of coordination between the operating bodies across the supply chain and EU member state borders and the role of producers in fisheries management has led to a fragmentation of the EU fishery and aquaculture production, leaving EU producers less competitive. This situation also constrained provisions to support the sector under the EU Common Fisheries Policy.

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries tasked our team with assessing the practical implications of possible changes to the regulation, relating to producer organisations, including fish farmers and fishers.

Our Tetra Tech team investigated what actions were being taken within the fisheries sector to address the structural problems, and to consider whether – and how – specific regulatory adjustments would help to improve the situation. We used a mixed-methods research approach, integrating a range of tailored quantitative and qualitative methods to provide the European Commission with a very detailed assessment of the status quo. Our work included a legal review and engaging aquaculture producer organisations and national government representatives in a series of large, on-line cross-border events.

Specifically, this study examined:

  • Possible actions to increase the competitiveness 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 of changes to the EU regulatory framework, intended to support EU competitiveness.



Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission