The impacts of SMARTFISH H2020 will directly address some of the main challenges that exist in the fishing industry and management sector within a European setting. The EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) provides the management framework for the industry, specifying a set of rules for managing fishing fleets while conserving stocks. The CFP aims to ensure that fishing is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. To achieve this, the CFP imposes catch limits that are designed to maintain fish stocks and recognises the impact of human activity on all components of the ecosystem.
To support the broad global objectives of fisheries management, the specific objectives of the CFP and the new motivations of European commercial fishers, there is a move from developing the means to catch more fish, to methods of catching set quotas of fish more efficiently.
In light of this, the overarching impact of SMARTFISH H2020 is the positive feedback from the implementation of the existing technological tools as applied and adapted to improve the efficiency of fish capture so that catch compositions can match more closely the quota allocations held by the industry.