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How was sea bass managed in the EU until now? What does the common approach consist of? What will be proposed under the third part of this package? Sea bass landings are increasing from year to year, what will the Commission do to tackle this? Why are recreational anglers covered by the measures, when the commercial sector catches the lion share of sea bass? What about the longer term? What happens in January 2016, during the next spawning season of sea bass? What is the potential economic impact of a further decline of seabass?
Today the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament has voted on the multiannual Baltic Plan, a management plan adopted by the European Commission in 2014 which establishes targets and conservation reference points for stocks and promotes regionalised decision making for fisheries in the Baltic.
The Council has adopted measures to help sea bass recover. For recreational fishing, which accounts for 25% of sea bass mortality, the decision will mean the introduction of a limit of three fish per day per angler. Learn more about sea bass with our infographic (available in English and in French).

Fisheries sector: data collection

Managing fish stocks
Fisheries science relies on data from many different sources. © Lionel Flageul

EU fisheries management relies on data collected, managed and supplied by EU countries under the Data Collection Framework.

The newly reformed common fisheries policy  (article 25(2)) sets out the key principles for data collection:

  • accuracy
  • reliability and timeliness
  • avoidance of duplication through improved coordination
  • safe storage in database systems
  • improved availability of data
  • compliance with laws on personal data protection
  • access for the European Commission, enabling it to check the availability and quality of data and the methodology used to collect them.

These principles will be central to a Commission proposal for a revised Data Collection Framework regulation that is currently being prepared.

More information

Joint Research Centre (JRC) fisheries data collection website

Official documents

Council Regulation (EC) No 199/2008 on a framework for the collection of data in the fisheries sector

Commission Regulation (EC) No 665/2008 applying Council Regulation (EC) No 199/2008

Additional documents

DCF Stakeholder Workshop – January 2014 pdf - 391 KB [391 KB]

Frequently Asked Questions on Data Collection and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund pdf - 25 KB [25 KB]