The SWWAC includes :
- 60% of the representatives of the fishing sector (fishermen, shipowners, producers' organisations, processors, wholesale fishmongers and market organisations) in five Member States (Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands).
- 40% of the members of the civil society (aquaculture, consumer associations, environmental associations, seaman's wives associations, non-professional fishing associations, etc.).
SWWAC must allow all its members, over the whole of a very large fishing zone, to work together and find agreement. In parallel, it is consulted and must fulfil its role as an interlocutor in the new stage of the decision-making process in the Common Fisheries Policy, and in the new governance of the fishing sector.
SWWAC gives precedence to collective working and to achieving a consensus of all the interests within its members.