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Maritime Affairs And Fisheries

Maritime Affairs And Fisheries

Europe has a 70 000 kilometer coastline. The European Union’s coastal regions account for some 40 % of its gross domestic product and about 40 % of its population. The common fisheries policy (CFP) has the same the legal basis as the common agricultural policy (CAP), but differences between the two sectors led to a specific policy being drawn up for fisheries products. The objectives of the CFP are: protection of stocks against over-fishing; a guaranteed income for fishers; a regular supply at reasonable prices for consumers and the processing industry; and sustainable biological, environmental and economic exploitation of living aquatic resources.

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