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.
LIFE responds to the public consultation on the European Commission’s proposal to modify the Multiannual Plan (MAP) for the Baltic Sea.
A feedback period was opened between December and January 2024 to provide comments on the European Commission’s proposal to amend the Baltic MAP. LIFE together with many other organisations provided comments and shared their opinion on the proposal put forward by the Commission. The document and all responses, mostly in disagreement with the Commission’s proposal, […]
Scientific Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) Recent Report on The Implementation of Article 17.
Since its founding, LIFE has lobbied constantly for Article 17 to be implemented as the way to achieve fair fisheries and environmental sustainability. It has been frustrating to see how legal weaknesses in the article and a lack of clearly defined roles and responsibilities between the EC and MS have caused implementation of Article 17 […]
New rules for a reinforced control system entered into force on Tuesday 9 January 2024. These rules apply to EU fishing vessels and other vessels fishing in EU waters. Small-scale fishers have been given a 4-year grace period to implement most of these new measures, (which will be binding therefore in 2028) since preparation work […]
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 […]