The CFPO works with many other organisations, both within and outside of the fishing industry in order to inform, influence and lead policy for the benefit of its members and the wider UK fishing industry.



The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) exists to provide a voice for fishermen, irrespective of where on the coast they are based or the size of the vessel they operate. Given the scope of government to influence the conditions under which fishing vessels operate, it is vital that fishing vessels operators are able to ensure that their voice is heard and that they unite to ensure that their voice is heard clearly. The NFFO takes pride in the diversity of its membership, reflecting the diversity of the UK fleet. The organisation is run along democratic lines through an Executive Committee on which all the main regional and sectoral groupings have an equal voice. The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations is a company limited by guarantee.
The establishment of RACs marked a recognition that one of the central reasons why the CFP had become discredited was its reliance on a top-down decisions, implemented through blanket measures. RACs were a relatively timid half- step towards decentralising decision –making in the CFP.
The RACs, with a 2/3 to 1/3 ratio of fishing industry to other stakeholders, have proven to be able to work cohesively to produce coherent, balanced and well-thought through advice to the Commission.
The 2012/13 reform takes regionalisation to the next level, with a permissive structure that will encourage member states to work cooperatively with other regional member states and the relevant AC to advance joint recommendations. All other things being equal these will be adopted by the Commission and given force of law through delegated act. This route to deliver fisheries legislation on the content of management plans, technical conservation rules and much else, is essential if the a perpetual logjam in the co-decision process (between the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament) is to be avoided.
The CFPO has been energetic in pressing the regionalisation agenda as an important first step towards decentralisation of the CFP.
The MPA Fishing Coalition is an alliance of fishermen's organisations to ensure that the introduction of MPAs takes place in a way that minimises adverse consequences for fishermen.

Fishing industry organisations covering all parts of the UK as well as the Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, France support the Coalition to ensure that the fishing industry speaks effectively to government in all aspects of site selection through to the design and implementation of management measures within sites. This includes:

Making sure those with livelihoods at stake have the closest engagement with government in delivering protected areas policy.
Placing responsible, evidence-based science at the centre MPA planning and management.
Ensuring that the displacement from fishing grounds is addressed both to protect livelihoods and avoid undermining the conservation intentions of MPAs.
Challenging the myths and misconceptions over the state and prospects for fisheries and scale of impact upon the marine environment, whilst promoting its intrinsic low impact status in contributing to food security and sustainable food production.

The Coalition operates under a fighting fund to ensure that it has the resources to undertake its work. Every penny is used to defend fishermen’s access to their grounds.
The European Association of Fish Producers Organisations (EAPO) represents 40 POs from 10 EU Member States, with approximately 10,000 vessels, 3.5 million tonnes of landings and € 3 billion first sale value. EAPO was founded in 1980. Every Fish PO recognized by its EU member state can apply for membership of the association.
EAPO’s objectives are the following:
To assist the members in fulfilling their key role as a PO to achieve the objectives of the Common Fishery Policy and the Common Market Organisation for Fishery and Aquaculture Products.
To provide advice to the members on the management of their Production and Marketing Plans.
To improve the relationship between European POs by looking for common grounds in addressing the challenges for the European fisheries, particularly in respect of marketing and other specific tasks of the POs.
To address the above with relevant authorities in the Member States, Fisheries Ministers Council, European Parliament and European Commission and to be recognized by these authorities as a European representative body for the fisheries sector.
To influence the rules and regulations affecting fisheries targeting a sustainable production through socio-economic viability with respect for the environment.