As a platform of grassroots organizations, LIFE represents the interests of 31 organizations in 15 EU Member States associating around 10,000 small scale fishers across all European sea basins from the Baltic to the Black Sea. We are an association set up and run by small- scale fishers (SSF) committed to :
Fishing in a low impact manner
Transforming low impact fishing in an attractive and economically viable profession
Sustaining fish stocks and protecting the marine environment
Contributing to prosperous coastal communities
We represent small scale fishers, both men and women, who are committed to minimising the environmental impact of their fishing activities whilst maximising their socio-economic value. They work on their own vessels and are committed to ensuring the sustainability of their activities by respecting the rules or, where such rules are absent or insufficient, by applying self-imposed measures to protect the fisheries resources and the environment. They maintain a strong social, cultural and economic link with their communities.
We provide a clear and coherent voice for those small-scale fishers who have historically lacked dedicated and effective representation at European level.
Yrkesfiskares Ekonomiska förening
Cofradía Nuestra Señora de los Reyes
Arts Menors Costa Brava
Ribara malim alatima of HOK
Partners & Donors
Board of Directors
The strategic direction of LIFE is developed and overseen by an elected board of directors of working fishers.
Executive Secretary, Brian O'Riordan
Ger De Ruiter
The members of our team are based in several European countries. We are dedicated professionals who combine a high level of expertise with a strong dedication for small-scale fishers and seas. We’re passionate about the work we do.