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’s Response to the European Commission’s “Pact for Fisheries and Oceans”
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 […]
Executive Secretary Marta Cavallé talks about her career and the future of SSF
March 8 was International Women’s Rights Day. What better time to talk to our new Executive Secretary Marta Cavallé about her career and the future of SSF? Can you tell us about yourself and how you became involved in working with Small-scale Fisheries (SSF) and in LIFE? My passion for the sea steered me towards […]
Wrong Gear, Wrong Place, Wrong Time: the perverse nature of high impact fishing
Members of the Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE Platform) aspire to fish in a low impact manner, to minimise their impact on the environment whilst maximising their socio-economic contributions to their communities. This approach is based on a sound environmental and economic logic: using the right gear, in the right place at the […]
From University to Fishing in Puruvesi: How Karoliina fell in love with fishing in a frozen lake in Finland
Barbara della Rovere Karoliina Lehtimaeki, a 27-year-old woman, could never have imagined taking up fishing as a profession. However, fate had other plans for her. It all started during the 2021 winter seining fishing season when her friend from university, who worked for the Snowchange Cooperative, asked her to help in cleaning vendace, a local […]