Are Transferable Fishing Concessions (TFCs) property rights in England and Wales?

The European Commission’s Proposal for the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy on 13th July, 2011 introduces a mandatory rights-based management scheme to deal with the issue of access to marine resources, referred to by the Commission as ‘Transferable Fishing Concessions’ (TFCs).

ClientEarth has published an in-depth and a summary legislative briefing explaining why the mandatory EU-wide introduction of TFCs is unlawful under Article 345 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), and in addition (and without prejudice to its unlawfulness) contrary to the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality.

The following analysis of the law in England & Wales shows that TFCs are to be regarded as property rights in England & Wales.

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Published September 1, 2011
Found in Common Fisheries PolicyOceans