Fisheries sector: data collection

Fisheries sector: data collection

Fisheries sector: data collection

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 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.

More information

Joint Research Centre (JRC) fisheries data collection website

Official documents

Regulation (EU) 2017/1004 of 17 May 2017 on 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 and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 199/2008

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/909 of 18 February 2019 establishing the list of mandatory research surveys and thresholds for the purposes of the multiannual Union programme for the collection and management of data in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors

Commission Delegated Decision (EU) 2019/910 of 13 March 2019 establishing the multiannual Union programme for the collection and management of biological, environmental, technical and socioeconomic data in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/1701 of 19 August 2016 laying down rules on the format for the submission of work plans for data collection in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors (notified under document C(2016) 5304)

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/1283 of 24 August 2018 laying down rules on the format and timetables for the submission of annual data collection reports in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors (notified under document C(2018) 5270)

Additional documents

Frequently Asked Questions on Data Collection and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund