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 2023–2024 programme for the Small-Scale Fishers’ Forum (SSF Forum), initiative promoted by the Friends of SSF, is now out, with the next season of activities promising to be very active as face-to-face events return to the agenda. The latest programme is the result of a ground-breaking consultative exercise held in March 2023, which saw […]
On September 20th, 2023 ClientEarth and LIFE lawyers were in The Hague administrative court in a hearing against the Dutch Food and Consumer Safety Authority (NVWA) for failing to properly check the fish landings in their ports. The NVWA lack the resources to do their jobs, including investigating violations of EU fisheries control rules. In […]
Nature in the Balance: EU’s Nature Restoration Bill hangs by a thread On the occasion of World Ocean’s Day, the Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE Platform) call for an ambitious European Nature Restauration Law. Halting the deterioration of our ecosystems and restoring their health together with the decarbonization of our economy to prevent further […]
To meet its legal obligations to report on the implementation of the CFP (and the CMO) 10 years after its revision in 2013, and in line with the EU Green Deal and the Biodiversity Strategy requirements, the Commission launched on February 21st 2023 several Communications designed to open the way for improving the sustainability […]