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:
Joint Research Centre (JRC) fisheries data collection website
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)
Frequently Asked Questions on Data Collection and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
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Legislation on fisheries conservation measures including data collection (EUR-Lex)
Legislation related to fisheries statistics (EUR-Lex)
Legislation related to fisheries research (EUR-Lex)
The European Commission is in the process of shaping a new comprehensive approach to the blue economy. A stakeholder consultation on the future of the blue economy is currently underway and open till 7 December 2020.
The Atlantic ocean offers plenty of renewable resources, like offshore wind, wave and tidal energy. The benefits of using those resources are significant, from reducing greenhouse gas emissions to stimulating and diversifying the economies of coastal communities. The marine renewable energy (MRE) industrial sector has emerged to take advantage of the energy from the sea, and most of its early developments are wave and tidal energy generation.