Fisheries Management and Enforcement
Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen
Action FISHREG will provide scientific and technological support to DG MARE in the framework of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and has organized its work under the two activity clusters "Fisheries Management" and "Fisheries Control and Enforcement". In addition, FISHREG intends to put limited effort into contributions to the EU Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) including its environmental pillar.
Work in fisheries management will include: contribution to the Commission's scientific advice process through coordination and scientific input to the STECF (Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries) and its working groups. Work in data collection framework and socio-economic dimensions will include: support for the implementation of the new Data Collection Framework (DCF), improving data quality, servicing formal Commission calls for data, scientific lead of the economic assessment of EU fisheries (Annual Economic Report). Research into the cost-effectiveness of alternative enforcement strategies for a number of EU fisheries (project COBECOS). Research into the understanding of discarding practices, environmental impacts of fisheries, bio-economic modeling, impacts of fishery closures, fisheries management and ecology, and best practice for energy efficiency in fisheries.
Work in fisheries enforcement will include: conducting few but high-impact VDS monitoring and joint control campaigns, increase focus on metrics for cost-benefit and success rates of VDS campaigns, increase its cooperation with CFCA (knowledge transfer). New activities will include: developing data infrastructures to share data with MS in support to the implementation of the ERS, hardening measures for VMS (in collaboration with external entities and the team of M. Sironi, IPSC TRVA Unit), and open source data gathering and data mining for customs and market data for analyses related to IUU issues. Research into inverse models (e.g. infer spatial distribution of catches using VMS data), development and technology transfer of advanced techniques for traceability, control & enforcement in the fisheries sector (FishPopTrace) in exchange with IHCP, spatial and temporal variability of pelagic fish habitat and implications for management and control (e.g. Bluefin tuna), VMS-hardening (exploratory research), and applied research in VDS.
Work in integrated maritime policy will include: contribution to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) (DG ENV) by adapting work to be delivered in the STECF context to the development of indicators describing the health of fish stocks for specific marine regions (with ICES), and giving input to methodological work for the MSFD (with IES, EEWAI action). Limited effort into advisory role for preparatory action EMODNET and spatial mapping for marine protected and fishing areas in support to the Atlas of the Sea (DG MARE). FISHREG maintains an active interest in other cross-cutting issues where it has know-how for making useful contributions (e.g. issues related to fisheries management and enforcement or impacts of global warming for the Arctic region).