UK's Food and Drink Federation welcomes formal adoption of reformed EU Common Fisheries Policy, says it puts fisheries management on path to more sustainable future; new policy to begin to be implemented Jan. 1, 2014

LONDON , December 13, 2013 (press release) – The Food and Drink Federation's (FDF) Seafood Group has welcomed the formal adoption of a reformed EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which will start to be implemented from 1 January 2014.

Putting in place the necessary legislative framework marks a major turning point in setting EU fisheries management on the path to a more sustainable future, enabling it to conserve and rebuild a vital renewable food source for the benefit of consumers now and in the future.

The lengthy negotiating process took place against a background of growing public concern at the effects of overfishing in European waters and the hugely wasteful practice of discards. FDF worked closely with UK Ministers and a range of stakeholders, including the retail sector, to argue the case for radical action.

Commenting on the outcome, Andrew Kuyk, FDF Director of Sustainability, said:

“FDF Seafood Group members have long recognised that increasing sustainability is essential to securing the raw materials we need and to delivering the economic and social value which properly managed fisheries can provide for everyone. We already have in place well developed responsible sourcing and processing policies. The reformed CFP will complement these and help to improve the consumer confidence on which the whole industry depends.”
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The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector.
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