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On July 15, in a seminar on the status of European fish stocks and on the economic situation of European fishing fleets, the Commission will be hearing the views of the fishing sector, scientific organisations, NGOs, national administrations and other members of the public, i.e. all those concerned with the EU's fisheries legislation.
On 29 June 2016 the Council of Fisheries Ministers and the European Parliament reached a political agreement to amend the rules currently in force for cod stocks (a long-term plan, also known as the cod recovery plan, which has been in force since 2008).
The European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission today reached an agreement on how to better protect deep-sea fish, sponges and corals while maintaining the viability of the European fishing industry. The agreement brings the EU rules on deep-sea fisheries, which date back to 2003, in line with the sustainability targets enshrined in the EU's reformed Common Fisheries Policy.

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

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

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]