The Common Fisheries Policy: An enforcement problem

  • Da Rocha J
  • Cerviño S
  • Villasante S
  • 2


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • N/A


    Citations of this article.


Marine populations in Europe are in decline due to the unsuccessful results of the Common Fisheries Policy. By combining data of scientific recommendations from ICES, TACs approved and reported landings with an age-structured model, the objectives of this paper are to investigate the level of compliance of the TAC regulation, and the level of enforcement and its economic impact on fishery resources. The results presented here suggest that while there does not exist a regular pattern between TAC proposal and TAC approved, there is a clear pattern between TAC approved and reported landings. As a consequence, there is a regular lack of enforcement at national fisheries authority level. The paper also presents results of the recovery plans for the Southern hake and the Atlantic cod fisheries as case studies to illustrate the level of enforcement based on collusion between national fisheries advisers and industry. The results from both cases studies analyzed here indicate that drastic solutions could generate positive results for the recovery of the stocks, but perhaps they are not always the best measure in fisheries management due to the high economic losses for fishermen and social effects on coastal communities in the short and medium term. Finally, this work demonstrates that if the recovery plans had been implemented, the net present profits for both fisheries would have increased over time. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) fisheries
  • Common Fisheries Policy
  • Enforcement
  • Europe
  • Gadus morhua
  • Macruronidae
  • Merluccius merluccius
  • Southern Hake (Merluccius merluccius)
  • TAC regulation
  • economic impact
  • fishery management
  • law enforcement
  • regulatory framework
  • stock assessment

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in


  • José-María María Da Rocha

  • Santiago Cerviño

  • Sebastian Villasante

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free