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The European Commission has adopted two regulations that will facilitate two Member States to comply with European environmental legislation to protect natural environments. In particular the regulations will help the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework and the Habitats and Birds Directives.
The proposal is based on the recently adopted multiannual fisheries management plan for the Baltic Sea, and takes into consideration scientific advice received in May 2016.

Fisheries sector: data collection

Managing fisheries
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

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/1251 of 12 July 2016 adopting a multiannual Union programme for the collection, management and use of data in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors for the period 2017-2019 (notified under document C(2016) 4329)

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

Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL concerning the establishment of a Union framework for the collection, management and use of data in the fisheries sector and support for scientific advice regarding the Common Fisheries Policy (recast)

COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT Towards a new Union Framework for collection, management and use of data in the fisheries sector and support for scientific advice regarding the Common Fisheries Policy pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

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]