European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF)

The European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) will run from 2021 to 2027 and aims to support the EU common fisheries policy (CFP), the EU maritime policy and the EU agenda for international ocean governance.  It provides support for developing innovative projects ensuring that aquatic and maritime resources are used sustainably.

As a global ocean actor and a major producer of seafood, the EU has a responsibility to protect and sustainably use the oceans and their resources. It is also in the EU's socio-economic interest to guarantee the availability of food supplies, the competitiveness of the maritime economy and the livelihood of coastal communities.

The fund helps achieve sustainable fisheries and conserve marine biological resources. This leads to

  • food security through the supply of seafood products
  • growth of a sustainable blue economy
  • healthy, safe and sustainably managed seas and oceans

It also helps achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 14 (‘conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources’), to which the EU is committed.

Furthermore, the EMFAF helps fulfil the objectives of the European Green Deal, the roadmap for the EU climate and environmental policies.

Aggregates mining (sand, gravel, etc.)
Agriculture on saline soils
Carbon capture and storage
Coastal protection
Coastal tourism
Cruise tourism
Deep-sea shipping
Environmental monitoring
Fish for animal feeding
Fish for human consumption
Inland waterway transport
Marine aquaculture
Marine biotechnology
Marine minerals mining
Maritime and coastal tourism
Ocean renewable energy
Offshore oil and gas
Offshore wind
Passenger ferry services
Prevent and protect against illegal movement of people and goods
Protection of habitats
Research & innovation
Securing fresh water supply (desalination)
Shipbuilding (excl. leisure boats) and ship repair
Short-sea shipping (incl. Ro-Ro)
Traceability and security of goods supply chains
Transport (port connectivity and accessibility)
Water projects
Yachting and marinas
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