EU Fisheries vote: The fishermen's view
5 February 2013 Last updated at 17:12 GMT
The European Parliament will vote on Wednesday on plans to reform the controversial Common Fisheries Policy.
As fish stocks have dwindled and quotas have tightened, more and more fishermen have turned away from the seas for their livelihoods.
Some rival fishing boats have sometimes resorted to dirty tactics in a fight over the precious catches, according to fishermen.
Roger Harrabin went to the Hook and Parrot pub in Devon to ask local fishermen how their lives have changed.