JRC News

  1. 9 Sep 2013

    A novel approach to fishery management has been presented during the stakeholders meeting of the Assessment for All (a4a) initiative, held today and tomorrow at the JRC's premises in Ispra. Under this initiative, the JRC developed a new assessment model for the rapid assessment of fish stocks.

  2. 3 Oct 2013

    A map with around 1700 fishing ports in the EU, indicating the relevance of fishing activities in terms of employment, has been published in a recent JRC co-authored article. This study fills in the gaps of available socio-economic data for fisheries at local level, and expands possibilities to perform regional analyses in support of the new Common Fishery Policy.

  3. 21 May 2012

    The 2012 bluefin tuna fishing season is open in the Mediterranean and the Eastern Atlantic from 16 May to 14 June. By providing daily maps of the bluefin tuna preferred habitat, the JRC helps ensuring that the fishing fleet fully respects the rules during the main fishing season.

  4. 16 Sep 2014

    The European Commission is to renew the membership of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF). The committee will be composed of scientific experts competent in the area of fisheries and aquaculture management.

  5. 26 Feb 2008

    The European Commission has welcomed the adoption by Council of its proposal for a regulation establishing an EU framework for the collection, management and use of data in the fisheries sector and support for scientific advice regarding the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The new framework retains and builds on the proven features of the existing data collection system. It also introduces provisions to meet the new developments following the 2002 Reform of the CFP, in particular the move towards fisheries- or fleet-based management as opposed to managing individual stocks, the integration of environmental data, and the shift towards an ecosystem-based approach. The Commission will shortly introduce a proposal for detailed implementing rules.

  6. 14 Jun 2007

    The consultation period on last year's Maritime Policy Green Paper comes to an end on 30th June. Marine and maritime science is contributing in many ways to maritime policy. The JRC's activities in this field include the development of systems for tracking vessels and monitoring fishing, including the use of space technology, and research on the quality of coastal and sea waters as well as the effects of climate change on marine habitats.

  7. 24 Sep 2012

    After two consecutive years of declining profitability, the EU fleet made a recovery in 2010, moving from an overall loss making position to one of profit. This is one of the findings of the 2012 Annual Economic Report (AER) on the European Fishing Fleet carried out by the JRC. This growth occurred despite higher fuel costs in 2010, which is one of the major expenditures for the fishing fleet. The most significant factors that contributed to this increase in net profit in 2010 compared to 2009 were an increase in landings value and average first-sale prices, an increase in the total weight caught and a decrease in labour costs.

  8. 18 Oct 2013

    Less fish landed but higher market prices helped the EU fishing fleet stay profitable in 2011. Indeed, the economic performance of the EU fleet has improved gradually over recent years, from a net profit margin of 1% in 2008 to 6% in 2011. These are some of the main findings of the 2013 Annual Economic Report (AER) on the European Fishing Fleet, produced by the JRC and independent experts.

  9. 22 Dec 2014

    Higher market prices and the recovery of some fish stocks helped the EU fishing fleet to again improve its profitability in 2012. Despite the economic crisis and less fish being landed, economic performance has more than doubled over the last 5 years, from 3.2% net profit in 2008 to 6.6% in 2012.

  10. 24 Jun 2011

    Two new reports by the European Commission show that the EU fishing sector's economic performance has been declining steadily in recent years. The 2010 Annual Economic Report - prepared with the contribution of the JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) - shows that overall, fleet profits declined each year between 2006 and 2008.