The Committee on Fisheries (PECH) is a committee of the European Parliament. It is responsible for:
- the operation and development of the common fisheries policy and its management;
- the conservation of fishery resources, the management of fisheries and fleets exploiting such resources and marine and applied fisheries research;
- the common organisation of the market in fishery and aquaculture products and the processing and marketing thereof;
- structural policy in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, including the financial instruments and funds for fisheries guidance to support these sectors;
- the integrated maritime policy as regards fishing activities;
- sustainable fisheries partnership agreements, regional fisheries organisations and the implementation of international obligations in the field of fisheries.
The focus of PECH's work include the ongoing reform of the common fisheries policy, a process in which the EP has played an important role. Fisheries policy has to reconcile the interests of a wide range of stakeholders, with a view to safeguarding the long-term viability of the marine environment and fish stocks, the livelihoods of fishermen and the future of fisheries-related industries and coastal communities.
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