Being a fisher today is different than 10 or 20 years ago. The job has changed due to increasing costs, more regulations, farmed fish products on the market and a higher demand for responsible and sustainable fish products. To continue to successfully operate in a changing society and the changing fishing sector, competences of those working in the sector need to evolve and grow.

For many fishers, accepting these changes is difficult, and embracing the need for sustainable development is even more challenging.

It is about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The triple P approach forms the backbone of the training – the simultaneous pursuit of environmental quality (planet), social acceptance (people) and economic prosperity (profit).

Consequently, a sound process of including sustainable fisheries training in the education of fishers would benefit fishers, the fishing sector and the marine environment in general.

The steps to take


Establishes an international network of fishing academies and training institutes to exchange/build experience on sustainability education


Facilitates exchange of new pedagogical/training methodes and develops country/region specific training programs and content in seven countries


Develops an EU-standard for adquate and uniform competence requirements for fishers

Catching the potential will start by establishing an international network of fishing academies and training institutes to combine and integrate available best practices and ideas with respect to sustainability training for fishers.

Next step is to conduct country specific training in seven countries and outermost regions: France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Spain and the Azores. This will generate important experiences and input to work towards the development of an EU-course standard for sustainable fisheries training.

It is essential to recognise that the fishing sector in every EU Member State is different and unique in many aspects. Therefore Catching the Potential prepares, develops and conducts the country specific trainings in co-operation with local partners and authorities. The training comprises of a wide variety of teaching methods, including interactive lectures, video’s, animations, workshops, group assignments, games, quizzes and presentations.

Catching the potential’s ultimate goal is to develop a European standard for sustainable fisheries training, which is consistent but also offers sufficient room for adaptation to the local/regional circumstances in which fishers (will) operate.


2.1 Existing instruments, guidelines and regulations

This is a broad overview of all guidelines and regulations related to sustainable fisheries training.

2.2 Best practices

This is an overview of everything that is already happening on sustainable fisheries training

6.2 STCW-F Revision 2020

A 2-pager on the submission for the STCW-F Revision 2020

7.1 Communication plan

Communication plan for the Catching the Potential project

7.2 Catching the Potential leaflet ENG

Leaflet of the Catching the Potential project

7.2 Catching the Potential leaflet FR

Leaflet of the Catching the Potential project in French

Two-pager on the Work in Fishing Convention C.188

Informative two-pager on the social standards on board! Work in Fishing Convention C.188

6.2 Outcomes of the HTW7

Outcomes of the HTW7 two-pager 2021

3.1 Seminar on sustainable fisheries training

An overview of the seminar on sustainable fisheries training

4.1 Evaluation report sustainable fisheries training Greece

An evaluation of the pilot training on sustainable fisheries in Greece. This document is a cooperation between ProSea and Enaleia.