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European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

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European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) is the European fund established to provide support for adapting to the Common Fisheries Policy, including control and enforcement and data collection obligations.

The EMFF will support sustainable development within the fishing and aquaculture sectors and the conservation of the marine environment, alongside supporting growth and jobs in coastal communities.

In Wales, the intention is to ensure a strong focus on projects which are clearly aligned to the Welsh Government’s strategic priorities for developing a vibrant, competitive and sustainable fishing sector, facilitating Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) implementation, exploiting the potential of aquaculture and encouraging partnerships between fishermen and scientific institutions.

EMFF Priorities

The EMFF is structured around the following 6 priorities:

1. Promoting sustainable, resource efficient, innovative, competitive and knowledge based fisheries

EMFF support under this priority will focus on innovation and added value that can make the fisheries sector economically viable and resilient to external shocks and to competition from countries not in the European Union. This will promote environmentally sustainable, resource efficient, competitive fisheries which are more selective, produce less discards and do less damage to marine ecosystems.

2. Fostering sustainable, resource efficient, innovative, competitive and knowledge based aquaculture

EMFF support under this priority will aim to ensure that the aquaculture sector is environmentally sustainable, resource efficient and competitive, and help such businesses to become economically viable and competitive, while providing EU consumers with healthy and highly nutritional products.

3. Fostering the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)

EMFF support under this priority will support the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) through the collection and management of data to improve scientific knowledge.  This also supports the monitoring, control and enforcement of fisheries legislations.

4. Increasing employment and territorial cohesion

EMFF support under this priority will aim to increase employment and promote economic growth and social inclusion in communities dependent on fishing through community-led local development.

5. Fostering marketing and processing

EMFF support under this priority will aim to foster and improve marketing and processing for fishery and aquaculture products.

6. Fostering the implementation of the Integrated Maritime Policy

The Integrated Maritime Policy (external link) is a European policy which aims to provide a more coherent approach to maritime issues. It focuses on issues that do not fall under other sector-based policies and where coordination of different sectors is required.

Operational Programme

Articles 17 to 20 of the EMFF Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 508/2014) require EU member states, including the United Kingdom, to produce an 'Operational Programme' for the EMFF. This document sets out the aims and objectives of the Programme. It also outlines the activities to be funded and the anticipated results to be achieved. You can view and approved copy of the UK EMFF Operational Programme below.