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One of the current challenges for the Fisheries Section has been the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). This policy is based on the reduction in the fishing capacity of the European fleet, huge reductions in several fishing quotas, the establishment of recovery plans, namely for cod and hake, and changes in the socio economic instruments. Furthermore, the concept of effort regulation via a limit for the number of days at sea has been introduced - despite its rejection by the ETF, which expresses serious concerns about unsafe working practices and insufficient rest periods. This reform had severe implications on fishermen throughout Europe and the ETF Fisheries Section has been active in designing proposals to counteract those consequences.
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