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Why become a member?

Joining LIFE integrates you into a community of small-scale fishers who share the same values, goals and challenges, and who are cooperating to ensure a better future of the sector.

In just 5 years, LIFE has become a force to contend with at EU level. The significance of LIFE and the importance of its work is widely recognized by European institutions, and in fisheries policy making circles, by scientists and other stakeholders.

By joining us, your organisation will become part of a European platform of low impact small-scale fishers where you will be supported by a professional team of staff. 

As part of LIFE, you will be actively involved in the European decision-making process and will receive constant guidance on the development of policies and regulations that affect you.

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Eligibility & Expectations

We invite you to join LIFE if you:

  • Are enthusiastic about being part of a Europe wide platform, sharing your experience, skills and knowledge with fellow members, and adding your voice to ours.
  • Identify as a small-scale low impact fisher, running a fishing business, prioritising quality over quantity. 


As a member you will:

  • Be able to make your voice heard at EU level, and have a say in shaping the policies that affect you. 
  • Have access to LIFE’s projects, and to participate in its activities.
  • Meet with like-minded small-scale low impact fishers from across Europe, sharing your skills, knowledge and experience with them.
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LIFE Members are associations of SSF including fish producer organisations (POs) committed to uphold LIFE’s Mission Statement and joint Declaration

LIFE’s members are organisations of men and women who live from fishing and/or shellfish gathering, working at sea or from the shore, who: 

  • Operate a seasonally diverse array of fishing gears that are mostly passive gears and low in impact thanks to their selectivity and minimal effects on marine habitats. 
  • If using a fishing vessel, the vessel complies with the following characteristics: 
      1. length overall less than 12 metres; 
      2. fishing trips have a duration of less than 24 hours; 
      3. the maximum crew number is not more than three people.
  • the owner and/or his/her family members work onboard and are committed to assuring the sustainability of his/her activities, to respecting the rules or, if such rules are absent or insufficient, work towards applying self-imposed measures and/or projects to protect the fish resources and the environment.  
  • Forge strong social, cultural and economic links with their communities.

Members found to be engaging in destructive fishing methods that exert a harmful impact on the environment, who practice non-selective fishing or who deliberately catch undersized fish will be excluded from LIFE.

Whom so ever wants to become a member organisation of LIFE shall submit the request by writing through a specific questionnaire and attaching the statutes of the organisation.