The European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund celebrates a decade of supporting sustainability and innovation

15 May 2024 is the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Regulation, a landmark event that has had a significant impact on the blue economy and fisheries in Europe. In 2014, the European Commission transferred responsibility for implementing part of the Fund to a European Executive Agency, opening up new funding opportunities for a wide range of beneficiaries.

The EMFF has played an important role in fostering fisheries scientific research and promoting innovative solutions to foster sustainability in the marine environment since its foundation. The clear benefits of this fund, which has supported projects ranging from the conservation of marine species to the development of clean technologies for the fishing industry, have been seen by citizens, businesses, fishing and coastal communities, as well as the environment.

The fund was transformed into the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFF) in 2021 to reflect its commitment to sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Now, the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) is responsible for administering the EMFF in an effective and focused manner in line with the EU’s sustainable development objectives.

The 10th anniversary of the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund provides an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved and to look to the future with renewed vigour, working together to safeguard our oceans and ensure their sustainability for generations to come.