Scientific advice on fisheries management
When proposing new fisheries rules and regulations, the Commission relies on two bodies to provide it with scientific advice.
- The Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) was established in 1993 to advise the Commission on fisheries management. Its members are appointed by the Commission. STECF reports directly to the Commission. Its annual report provides the basis for the Commission's TAC and quota proposals.
- The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea(ICES) is an independent body founded in 1902 to conduct and coordinate research into the marine ecosystems of the North Atlantic. ICES provides advice to a number of governments and regional fisheries management organisations, including the EU. ICES publishes Popular Advice by fish species and by region on its website.