Following the adoption of the Partnership Agreement 2021-2027 with France, the Commission has adopted the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) Programme for France, to implement the EU common fisheries policy (CFP) and EU policy priorities outlined in the European Green Deal, Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies. The EU contribution for the French Programme Fisheries 2021-2027 accounts for €567.1 million, and with national funding its total financial allocation reaches €793.3 million for the new programming period. The Fund will support the fishing and aquaculture sectors in France by facilitating the green and digital transition, adapting the product offer in line with the expectations of consumers, sustain small-scale coastal fishing, improving resilience, and boost innovation.
More concretely, the programme will support, among others: restructuring and modernisation of the fishing fleet; the implementation of the landing obligation; improved selectivity of fishing gears; and improved knowledge and management of Marine Protected Areas. It will reinforce resilience of the fisheries, aquaculture and processing sectors by helping them face climate change effects and by mitigating the impact of recent crises.
Main expected outcomes for 2021-2027
The programme will contribute to improve knowledge on the state of the fishery resource and fishing activity including in outermost regions: EMFAF support will notably go to IFREMER, which will be in charge of carrying out observations on fishing effort overseas.
In general, the programme will reinforce resilience of the fisheries, aquaculture and processing sectors by helping companies facing climate change and health events as well as mitigating the impact of crises, like the pandemic, and the post-Brexit fall-out. Support is foreseen to increase the ability of companies to invest, recruit and train. Attention is also provided to address the goal of upgrading health and hygiene conditions in fisheries and aquaculture and to guarantee safe working conditions.