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Directorate-General Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MARE)

This Directorate-General develops and monitors the implementation of the Commission regarding the area of fisheries and maritime affairs. The DG's main task is the management of the common fisheries policy (CFP) that provides a basis for sustainable fishing in the waters of the European Union and elsewhere by taking into account environmental, economic and social aspects and good governance.

The tasks of the DG are:

  • to take and propose measures in order to secure the fishstocks and enable a sustainable exploitation thereof
  • maintain a daily update of the amount of fish in the seas, based on reported catches and inspections thereof
  • ensuring the rules of the CFP are executed, controlled and maintained by member states
  • dialog betweens fishers, scientists and fishery managers
  • to represent the EU in relevant international as well as regional fishery organisations
  • to negotiate with third countries about fishery agreement and the execution thereof
  • to manage the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
  • promote the collection of data, scientifical evaluations and research regarding fishing