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Sustainable Fisheries

International body

Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations-General Committee for Agricultural Cooperation in the European Union

The united voice of farmers and their co-operatives in the European Union. Since its creation, COGECA has been recognised by the European Institutions as the main representative body and indeed the spokesman for the entire agricultural and fisheries cooperative sector.

Founded in 1980, the objectives of the Association are to improve relationship between all the European producers' organisations and, by frequent meetings, solve the European fish marketing problems.

759 unions representing over 4,600,000 transport workers in 155 countries are members of the ITF.

Created in 1998, the Association represents 135 European Auctions from 8 Member States of the European Union. Membership is open to all fishing ports and auctions within the EU and to regional or national representative groups.

Founded in 1962, the main vocation of Europêche (Association of the National Organisations of Fishery Enterprises in the European Union) is to participate in elaborating, even influencing, the Community policy regarding fisheries in the interest of the national organisations of fishery enterprises in the EU. Today, Europêche counts 17 member organisations from 11 pays countries of the European Union.

The Fisheries Secretariat is a non-profit organisation dedicated to work towards more sustainable fisheries at an international level, with a focus on the European Union.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Department

The mission of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of FAO is to facilitate and secure the long-term sustainable development and utilization of the world's fisheries and aquaculture.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) acts as energy policy advisor to 28 member countries in their effort to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for their citizens.

By Topic > Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency offers a powerful and cost-effective tool for achieving a sustainable energy future. Improvements in energy efficiency can reduce the need for investment in energy infrastructure, cut fuel costs, increase competitiveness and improve consumer welfare.

The World Energy Council is the most representative body of the energy industry with members in more than ninety countries. Its mission is to promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all. The London-based organization has official consultative status with the United Nations.

The Northeast Consortium was created in 1999 to encourage and fund effective, equal partnerships among commercial fishermen, scientists, and other stakeholders to engage in collaborative research and monitoring projects in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank.

The Northeast Consortium is comprised of four research institutions (University of New Hampshire, University of Maine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) working together to foster this initiative.The Northeast Consortium administers funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for collaborative research on a broad range of topics. 

NAFO is an intergovernmental fisheries science and management body. NAFO was founded in 1979 as a successor to ICNAF (International Commission of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries) (1949-1978). NAFO's overall objective is to contribute through consultation and cooperation to the optimum utilization, rational management and conservation of the fishery resources of the Convention Area.

OECD's work is based on continued monitoring of events in member countries as well as outside OECD area, and includes regular projections of short and medium-term economic developments. The OECD Secretariat collects and analyses data, after which committees discuss policy regarding this information, the Council makes decisions, and then governments implement recommendations. OECD is funded by its member countries.

IIFET was founded in 1982 to promote interaction and exchange between people from all countries and professional disciplines about marine resource economics and trade issues. Industry members, government and academic researchers and managers from over 60 countries benefit from membership in IIFET's network. IIFET is open to any interested individual. It address policy issues, choose conference sites, and assist in organizing conferences. The IIFET Secretariat is hosted by Oregon State University's Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

National associations


CEPESCA, nace de la unión de las tres principales patronales pesqueras nacionales: la Federación Española de Organizaciones Pesqueras (FEOPE), la Federación Española de Armadores de Buques de Pesca (FEABP) y la Organización Nacional de Asociaciones Pesqueras (ONAPE). Data of interest (English)

La Cooperativa de Armadores de Pesca del Puerto de Vigo se constituyó, formalmente, el día 2 de Diciembre de 1964. Hoy en día, la Cooperativa de Armadores y las Asociaciones que la integran, han logrado constituir el grupo de armadores de buques pesqueros mas importante de España y uno de los mas importantes de la U.E.

FEOPE está compuesta por 18 asociaciones / organizaciones, con 520 empresas, con una flota asociada de 581 buques pesqueros, que suman la cantidad de 166.081,36 GT, que se dedican a la pesca de litoral, bajura, altura y gran altura y que representan a gran parte del sector pesquero extractivo español, del litoral gallego, cantábrico, andaluz y mediterráneo.



Le Comité National des Pêches Maritimes et des Elevages Marins (CNPMEM) est l’échelon national de l’organisation interprofessionnelle des pêches maritimes et des élevages marins. Organisme paritaire, le CNPMEM regroupe tous les professionnels des pêches et des élevages marins, de la production à la transformation. Il est l'interlocuteur privilégié des pouvoirs publics et des élus.

Diagnostic de consommation énergétique d’un navire de pêche



Costituita nel 1962, Lega Pesca è l'Associazione di settore delle cooperative operanti nel settore dell'economia ittica di LEGACOOP (Lega Nazionale delle Cooperative e Mutue), la più antica delle organizzazioni cooperative e oggi la prima Associazione di cooperative in Italia.



The NFFO is the main representative body for fisherman in England and Wales. Executive Committee members are nominated by constituent organisations and Regional Committees, for those members who are not in Producer Organisations.

The Scottish Fishermen's Federation was formed in 1973 to preserve and promote the collective interests of Fishermen's Associations. The Federation plays an active role in advancing the interests of Scottish fishermen at national and international levels by lobby government officials in Edinburgh, London and Brussels.









Regional advisory councils

The establishment of Regional Advisory Councils (RACs), a mainstay of the reform of the common fisheries policy (CFP), seeks to involve stakeholders in the fisheries sector more closely in the decision-making process in this field. Through these ongoing forums, all the parties concerned will be able to maintain a dialogue and cooperate in the development and implementation of the CFP.

Seven RACs have been established to cover the following areas or fisheries: 

Univerities and research centers


Afdeling Mobiliteit en Ruimtelijke Planning (AMRP) - Universiteit Gent

Vrijdagmarkt 10/301, B-9000 Gent, België
Tel. secretariaat: 09 331.32.51 - Fax secretariaat: 09 331.32.69

Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO)

Krijgslaan 248 S8, B-9000 Gent, België
Tel.: + 32 9 264 47 17

Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)

Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee, InnovOcean site, Wandelaarkaai 7 - B-8400 OOSTENDE, België
Tel.: +32 [0]59/34 21 30 - Fax: +32 [0]59/34 21 31 - info[at]



UBC Fisheries Centre - The University of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel.: +1 (604) 822-2731 - Fax: +1 (604) 822-8934 - email: office[at]



Chinese Academy of Fisheries Sciences

No.150 Qingta,Yongding Rd,Beijing,P,R,China Zip:100141
Tel.: +86-10 68673938 - Fax: +86-10 68676685 - email: office[at]



Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries

Šetalište I. Meštrovića 63, 21000 Split
Tel.: +(385) (21) 408000 - Fax: +(385) (21) 358650 - email: office[at]



Institute of Food and Resource Economics (FOI), Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen

Rolighedsvej 25-1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark
Tel.: +45 353 36800-Fax: +45 3533 6801-foi[at]


Faroe Islands

The Faroe Marine Research Institute (FAMRI)

PO-Box 3051, Nóatún 1, FO-110 Tórshavn, Føroyar
Tel.: (+298) 35 39 00 - Fax: (+298) 35 39 01 - email: hav[at]



French research institute for the exploitation of the sea (IFREMER)

Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer Professionnels de la mer Médias .



Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)

46.7 km Athens - Sounio ave. P.O. Box 712, P.C.19013, Anavyssos Attiki, Greece
Tel.: +30 2291076466, Fax: +30 2291076323,

Fisheries Research Institute

Nea Peramos, Kavala, Macedonia, 64 007, Greece
Tel.: +30 2291076466, Fax: +30 2291076323,


Marine Research Institute (MRI)

Skulagata 4, City: Reykjavik, Postal Code: 121
Tel.: +354 575 2000 - Fax: +354 575 2001 - hafro[at]


Central Institute of Fisheries Technology

Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, CIFT Junction, Willingdon Island
Matsyapuri P.O., Cochin-682 029, Kerala
Ph: 0484-2666845 (14 lines); Fax: 091-484-2668212
E-mail:enk_ciftaris[at]; cift[at]


Irish Marine Institute

Rinville, Oranmore, Co. Galway
Tel.: +353 91 387 200 - Fax: +353 91 387 201 - institute[dat]mail[at]



Istituto di Scienze Marine (ISMAR), National Research Council (CNR)

Arsenale - Tesa 104, Castello 2737/F, 30122 Venezia, Italy
Tel.: +39 041 2407944, +39 041 2407973

Fishing Technology Unit, Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR), National Research Council (CNR)

Largo Fiera della Pesca, 1 60125 Ancona - Italy
Tel.: +39 (071) 2078841, Fax: +39 (071) 55313

Istituto Ricerche Economiche per la Pesca e l'Acquacoltura (IREPA) - Università degli studi di Salerno

Via S. Leonardo, 84131 Salerno - Italia
Tel.: 0039 (089) 338978 , 0039 (089) 330835



Namibian Maritime and Fisheries Institute (NAMFI)

Namibian Maritime & Fisheries Institute, 1st Street East No 29, P.O Box 3228, Walvis Bay
Tel.: +264 64 270 900 - Fax: +264 64 203 112



Institute of Marine Research (IMR)

Havforskningsinstituttet | Postboks 1870 Nordnes | 5817 Bergen
Tel.: 55 23 85 00 - Fax: 55 23 85 31 - e-post: post[at]



Fisheries Research Services Marine Laboratory

St. Andrew's House, Regent Road, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG
Tel.: +44 (0)8457 741 741 or +44 (0)131 556 8400 - Fax: +44 (0)1397 795 001 -



Departamento de Sistemas Oceánicos y Navales de la Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Navales de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Avd. Arco de la Victoria, s/n Ciudad Universitaria Madrid - 28040 (España)
Tel.: +34 1 336-7140, Fax: +34 1 544-2149

Centro Tecnológico del Mar (CETMAR)

Fundación CETMAR C/Eduardo Cabello s/n E-36208 Bouzas-Vigo
Tel.: +34 986 247 047 , Fax: +34 986 296 019

Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas (IIM)

C/Eduardo Cabello, 6. Vigo. Pontevedra. E-36208 (España)
Tel.: +34 986 231 930, Fax: +34 986 292 762 

AZTI Tecnalia

Txatxarramendi ugartea z/g - 48395 Sukarrieta (Bizkaia) Tel +34 94 657 40 00. Fax: +34 94 657 25 55

Herrera Kaia, Portualdea z/g - 20110 Pasaia (Gipuzkoa) Tel +34 94 657 40 00. Fax:+34 94 657 25 55

Astondo Bidea, Edificio 609 - Parque Tecnológico de Bizkaia - 48160 Derio (Bizkaia) Tel +34 94 657 40 00. Fax: +34 94 657 25 55 


Institute for Baltic Sea Fisheries (IOR)

Linnégatan 75, 114 60 Stockholm, Sweden
Tel.: +46 (0)8 25 07 90 - email: info[at]


United Kindom

Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)

Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0HT
The Nothe, Barrack Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8UB
Tel.: +44 (0) 1305 206700 - UK: +44 (0) 1305 206602

Department For Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR
Tel.: 08459 33 55 77 - outside UK: 44 (0) 207 238 6951 - defra[dot]helpline[at]


United States of America

University of New Hampshire

24 Colovos Road, Durham, N.H. 03824
Tel.: 603-862-2987 - Fax: 603-862-0241 - marine[dat]information[at]

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

266 Woods Hole Road, Woods Hole, MA 02543, USA
E-Contact:; media relations:, tel. (508) 548-1400

Scripps Institution of Oceanography - UC San Diego

8602 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

Regional Maritime clusters


 The Pôle Mer Bretagne is a globally focused cluster whose mission is to promote economic competitiveness. It aims to operate worldwide and to attain a standard of excellence that will ensure its members benefit from increased competitiveness and greater visibility internationally. The close collaboration between the Pôle Mer Bretagne and its twin cluster, the Pôle Mer PACA, represents a major advantage in achieving this goal.

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The Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) delivers expert knowledge, skills and support which help the UK seafood industry secure a sustainable and profitable future. SEAFISH is a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB), established in 1981, sponsored by the four UK government fisheries departments and funded by a levy on seafood. Seafish work to maximise efficiency and profitability throughout the seafood chain.


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Cluster Maritime Français

Created through the wishes of the private sector under the aegis of the French Institute of the Sea (IFM), from which it is independent and complementary, the French Maritime Cluster (CMF) formally came into existence at the beginning of 2006. The purpose of the CMF is essentially a tool to promote the French Merchant Marine sector. As such, it must itself have greater knowledge and understanding of the various sectors of which it consists for dissemination to be efficient. Like the IFM, it has drawn into the line of battle for the 2007 elections. As a lobbying organisation lending its weight to members seeking its support, the CMF intervenes on specific issues either with political authorities or with decision centres which may have some influence on the activities of the CMF or on that of any of its members.

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The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) since it’s founding in 1989, has completed over 760 fishery-related research and development projects employing regional university and college facilities and personnel. CCFI is owned by Memorial University, funded by government and directed by industry.

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Networks / Fora

A network for improving energy efficiency, reducing energy costs, and reducing the carbon footprint of global fisheries production.

Provide a common European approach on Innovative Fisheries Technologies from research to production outlining the key issues for a strategic European innovation processes.

This site offers tips for conserving fuel, results of a commercial fishing fuel survey, links to news stories about reducing fuel costs, a downloadable poster and brochure on fuel efficiency, and more.

Facilities/research infrastructure

Fisheries research requires the collection of large amounts of data, for the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), but also to address more fundamental scientific questions, especially ecological ones. A great deal of information can be obtained from commercial fisheries, but there is also a need for supplementary information.
Obtaining this information often requires large scale equipment, such as research vessels equipped with laboratory facilities . This infrastructure exists in all Member states, but there are differences in their size, age, supporting facilities and level of utilization.
COM 392 (95) describes the existing facilities, namely research vessels and flume tanks with supporting facilities and analyses the large scale equipment requirements for the purposes of the CFP.