The EMFF OP is divided into 6 Priorities each involving a number of Operational Measures to support actions in favour of sustainability and inclusive growth of fisheries and aquaculture. The EMFF measures are described in Regulation (EU) No 508/2014, Articles 26 - 80.
- Measure 1.26 | Innovation: the EMFF supports projects to improve or innovate products, equipment, production processes and techniques and management and organisational systems. Innovations funded by the EMFF are implemented in collaboration with an acknowledged scientific body that validates results.
- Measure 1.27 | Consultancy services: to improve the business performance and competitiveness of operators in the sector, the EMFF finances the use of feasibility studies of projects and consultancy services concerning sustainability and business strategies.
- Measure 1.28 | Partnerships between scientific experts and fishermen: to promote knowledge transfer between experts and fishermen, the EMFF supports the creation of networks, partnerships and associations between scientific bodies and industry organisations.
- Measure 1.29 | Promoting human capital, job creation and social dialogue: the EMFF supports vocational training, the dissemination of knowledge and the acquisition of new skills, as well as the exchange of good practices and social dialogue.
- Measure 1.30 | Diversification and new forms of income: in order to diversify the sources of income of fishermen, the EMFF finances the development of complementary activities such as tourism linked to sport fishing, catering, environmental services and educational activities.
- Measure 1.31 | Support for the starting-up of young fishermen: the EMFF supports young fishermen starting up a business.
- Measure 1.32 | Health and safety: the EMFF finances investments to improve hygiene, health and safety on board, providing they go beyond the requirements established by law.
- Measure 1.33 | Temporary cessation: In order to implement emergency and species conservation measures, the EMFF finances temporary cessation of fishing activities.
- Measure 1.34 | Permanent cessation: in order to ensure a sustainable balance, the EMFF supports the permanent cessation of fleet segments in excess of fishing opportunities through the scrapping of fishing vessels or their conversion to other activities.
- Measure 1.35 | Mutual funds for adverse climatic events and environmental emergencies: the EMFF contributes to the establishment of mutual funds to support fishermen who suffer economic losses caused by severe climatic events, environmental emergencies or accidents during fishing activities.
- Measure 1.36 | Supporting the system of allocation of fishing opportunities: in order to adapt fishing activities to fishing opportunities, the EMFF supports the design, development, monitoring, assessment and management of systems for the allocation of fishing opportunities.
- Measure 1.37 | Supporting the design and implementation of conservation measures and regional cooperation: to ensure the effective design and implementation of conservation measures and regional cooperation, the EMFF supports the design, development and monitoring of necessary technical and administrative means as well as stakeholder participation and cooperation between States.
- Measure 1.38 | Limiting the impact of fishing and adapting fishing to the protection of species: in order to reduce the impact of fishing on the marine environment, favour the gradual elimination of discards and achieve sustainable exploitation of resources, the EMFF finances investments in improved equipment that helps the selectivity of catches and reduces the impact on the ecosystem.
- Measure 1.39 | Innovation concerning the conservation of marine biological resources: to gradually phase out discards and unwanted catches, the EMFF supports the development of new technical and organisational knowledge, including more effective catching techniques and improved selectivity of fishing gear.
- Measure 1.40 | Protection and restoration of marine biodiversity, ecosystems and compensation schemes in the context of sustainable fishing activities: in order to protect marine biodiversity, the EMFF supports actions such as: the collection of waste at sea by fishermen; the construction, installation or modernisation of fixed or movable elements to protect and enhance marine fauna and flora; the preparation and updating of protection and management plans for fisheries in NATURA 2000 sites and areas subject to special protection measures; the management, rehabilitation and monitoring of NATURA 2000 sites and marine protected areas.
- Measure 1.41 | Energy efficiency and climate change mitigation: to improve the energy efficiency of fishing vessels, the EMFF supports: investments in studies and equipment that reduce polluting emissions as well as in the replacement or modernisation of main or auxiliary engines.
- Measure 1.42 | Added value, product quality and use of unwanted catches: to improve the added value or quality of fish, the EMFF supports investments that allow fishermen to process and market their catches directly, as well as investments in on-board innovations to increase quality.
- Measure 1.43 | Ports, landing sites, auction rooms and fishing shelters: to protect product quality and worker safety, the EMFF supports measures to improve the infrastructure of fishing ports, auction rooms and landing sites, as well as measures to build or modernise small fishing shelters.
- Measure 1.44 | Inland fishing and inland flora and fauna: in order to reduce the impact of fishing on inland waters, the EMFF supports acions aimed at: promoting human capital; supporting investment in equipment; improving energy efficiency; implementing fish quality; strengthening fishing ports, shelters and landing sites; supporting young fishermen setting up a business; supporting innovation; promoting diversification of activities; managing, restoring and monitoring NATURA 2000 sites affected by fishing; building and modernising elements to protect fauna and flora.
Innovation: In order to develop innovation in aquaculture, the EMFF supports the development of technical, scientific and organisational knowledge that reduces the impact on the environment and the development or introduction of new processes or products on the market.
Productive investments in aquaculture. The EMFF supports: productive investments; diversification of production; modernisation of units also for the safety of workers; improvement of animal health and welfare; reduction of environmental impact; improvement of quality and addition of value to products; recovery of ponds and lagoons; diversification of enterprise income; reduction of the use of chemicals, antibiotics and medicines; promotion of closed-loop aquaculture systems; and the increase in energy efficiency.
Management, replacement and advisory services for aquaculture enterprises: to improve the business performance and competitiveness of operators, the EMFF supports the creation of management, replacement and advisory services for enterprises and the purchase of business advisory services.
Promotion of human capital and networking: in order to promote human capital, the EMFF supports vocational training measures, the dissemination of knowledge and innovative practices, the improvement of working conditions and safety, networking and the exchange of experience and good practices.
Increasing the potential of aquaculture sites: to contribute to the development of aquaculture infrastructures, the EMFF supports the mapping of the most suitable areas for the development of the activity and the improvement and development of the structures and infrastructures needed for aquaculture.
Promotion of new operators in sustainable aquaculture: to encourage entrepreneurship in aquaculture, the EMFF supports the creation of businesses by new aquaculture producers.
Conversion to eco-management and audit schemes and organic aquaculture: to support the development of organic aquaculture, the EMFF supports the conversion of conventional production and participation in eco-management and audit schemes set up by the EU.
Provision of environmental services by aquaculture: to support the development of environmental services, the EMFF supports environmentally friendly aquaculture methods, the costs deriving from the participation in biodiversity conservation and restoration programmes, and aquaculture interventions that improve the environment.
Health measures: The EMFF supports compensation paid to shellfish farmers who temporarily suspend the harvesting of farmed shellfish exclusively for health reasons.
Measures relating to animal health and welfare. In order to promote the health and welfare of animals the EMFF supports: the costs of disease eradication; the development of good practices and codes of conduct; initiatives to reduce the use of veterinary medicines; studies and exchanges of information to promote the proper use of veterinary medicines; the establishment of health defence groups; compensation for shellfish farmers linked to the temporary suspension of activity caused by excessive mortality.
Enforcement control: the EMFF supports the implementation of a control, inspection and enforcement regime that includes technological innovation (data collection, transmission and analysis systems), structural and human capital enhancement actions.
Data collection: the EMFF supports data collection, management and use activities.
Supporting participatory local development: in order to ensure that local communities take advantage of the opportunities offered by maritime, coastal and inland waterway development, the EMFF supports the implementation, cooperation and management and animation costs of participatory local development strategies proposed by the FLAG local action groups.
Implementation of participatory local development strategies: the EMFF supports the implementation of local development strategies in order to: create jobs and promote innovation in the fisheries and aquaculture supply chain; support diversification; foster lifelong learning; improve environmental heritage; promote social well-being and the cultural heritage of fishing areas; strengthen the role of fishermen in local development.
Cooperation activities: the EMFF supports inter-territorial and transnational cooperation projects, including technical support necessary for project preparation.
Production and marketing plans: the EMFF supports the preparation and implementation of production and marketing plans.
Storage aid: The EMFF supports the payment of compensation to recognised producer organisations and associations of producer organisations that store fishery products in accordance with the conditions laid down in the Regulation.
Marketing measures. The EMFF supports marketing measures for fishery and aquaculture products in order to: create producer organisations and associations; find new markets and improve market access conditions; promote quality; increase the transparency of production and markets; contribute to product traceability; and carry out communication and promotion campaigns.
Processing of fishery and aquaculture products: the EMFF finances interventions for the processing of products that: contribute to energy saving; improve safety and hygiene; support the processing of fish not intended for human consumption; implement the processing of by-products of the main activities; refer to the processing of products from organic aquaculture; that create new or improved products, processes, management systems and organization.
SME financed under shared management. The EMFF supports actions aimed at: achieving the objectives of Integrated Maritime Surveillance (IMS) and, in particular, the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) for the surveillance of the EU maritime sector; protecting the marine environment; improving knowledge on the state of the environment to implement monitoring systems.