Social dimension of fisheries

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EESC section opinion: Social dimension of fisheries

Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 on the Common Fisheries Policy refers to safety and working conditions, as well as to job creation and a fair standard of living. Fisheries throughout Europe have undergone major structural changes, leading to important social consequences for both individual fishers and for fishing communities. The current lack of comprehensive data on the social and employment impact needs to be addressed. These data could for instance inform initiatives to promote small-scale, artisanal or coastal fishers or to attract youth to the sector, as a way to contributing to the livelihood of coastal communities.