Balance of Competences: Fisheries

Closed 13 Jan 2014

Opened 21 Oct 2013

Results updated 22 Jul 2014

Follow the link to the Government's website to access the final report.



This call for evidence on fisheries is part of the UK Government’s Review of the Balance of Competences between the UK and the European Union. The Review will provide an informed and objective analysis of what EU membership means for the UK and our national interest.

This report, led by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, examines the EU’s competence (power to act) for a common fisheries policy, fisheries management and aquaculture. The report examines the scope of the EU’s competence, how it is used and its effect on the UK.

The final report is based on evidence submitted during the 12 week call for evidence period from 21 October 2013 to 13 January 2014. We invited anyone with relevant knowledge, expertise or experience to respond.

For more information, please download our call for evidence documents:

Why your views matter

The Balance of Competences Review fulfils a commitment made in the 2010 Coalition Programme for Government. The aim of the Review is to deepen public understanding of the nature of our EU membership, and provide a constructive and serious contribution to the wider European debate about how to modernise, reform and improve the EU in the face of collective challenges.


  • Charities/Voluntary Organisations
  • Environmental campaigners
  • Trade Unions
  • Employment Agencies
  • Food Business Operators
  • Food Industry
  • All Marine Users
  • Government Departments
  • Government Agencies
  • Devolved Administrations
  • Coastal Members of Parliament
  • Coastal local authorities
  • Recreation sector
  • Ports and Harbour Authorities and Estuaries
  • IFCAs
  • Angling Organisations and Trade
  • Fishing Focus individual recipients
  • Fishermen
  • SME businesses
  • Shellfish Cultivators


  • Marine
  • Marine licensing
  • Common Fisheries Policy
  • Fish stocks
  • Shellfish
  • Sea angling
  • Science
  • Food labelling
  • Food imports
  • Food and drink exports
  • Marine fisheries
  • Shellfish
  • Retailers