Uniting small-scale fishers to achieve fair fisheries, healthy seas and vibrant communities.
We are the united voice of the Low Impact Fishers of Europe
Small-Scale fishers as part of the solution for sustainability The potential of small-scale fishers to contribute to environmental, social and economic sustainability in European coastal fisheries is an opportunity missed. If given the attention they deserve by policy makers, and given greater opportunities in European seas, the small-scale fishing fleet could be a game changer.
The Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE) is a response to the overfished, stock depleted, and unfair situation in European seas.
Low impact fishers of Europe
There is strength in unity, and the strength of LIFE is that it can unite its members to develop common solutions to common problems, calling on the generational skills, talent and experience of thousands of fishers to contribute to the sustainable development of the sector.
LIFE works at EU level, at regional sea-basin level (Baltic and North Sea, North and South Atlantic and Mediterranean and Black Sea), and at the water-face by supporting our members on the ground. LIFE engages directly with EU institutions, regional fisheries management bodies (GFCM, ICCAT), Regional Advisory Committees and national governments.
LIFE aims to transform the system by supporting small-scale fishers to become actors of change in their own right – to strengthen their capabilities to participate in the management of their fishing areas, to secure fair access to fishery resources and to obtain a fair price for their catch.
Become a member
By joining LIFE you can become part of our community, sharing our common values, contributing to our goals, and cooperating to meet the challenges of ensuring a better future for the sector.
LIFE’s work depends on grants and on philanthropic donations from foundations and individuals.
There are many ways in which you too can support small-scale low impact fishing and help us to make a difference.
The Netherlands has revealed that fraud is likely happening unchecked across its entire fisheries sector, in an admission that will ring alarm bells for consumers, industry players and the European Commission. The revelations came in a ruling from the Hague Administrative Court today. ClientEarth and the Low Impact Fisheries of Europe (LIFE) had sued the […]
Reductions in fishing opportunities across the board were decided at the European Council on October 23-24, and once again it was the SSF that were hit hardest. A decision was made that the main cod fishery will remain closed, as it has been since 2019, since any positive signs of growth and recovery are yet […]
Brussels 28 November 2023. A hybrid event took place in Brussels, organised by DG Mare, to follow up on the June 16 launch of the “Energy Transition Partnership”. The workshop brought together various stakeholders (fishing sector, NGOs, ACs, national and EU administrations) with the aim of compiling a list of the main challenges, opportunities and […]
LIFE, together with the #RestoreNature Coalition Calls on all Members of the European Parliament and EU Member States to Support the Final Adoption of the Nature Restoration Law.
In view of the upcoming vote on November 29th in the ENVI committee on the Nature Restauration Law, LIFE has joined forces with a coalition of organisations to share a Business Statement to urge all Members of the European Parliament and EU Member States to support the final adoption of the Nature Restoration Law. Read […]