We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The JRC is engaged in the Assessment for All (a4a) initiative aimed at providing a comprehensive and versatile tool to assess all fish stocks harvested in European waters under the remit of the Common Fisheries Policy. The a4a initiative aims to develop a stock assessment method targeting stocks that have a reduced knowledge base on biology and a moderately long time series on exploitation and abundance, trigger the discussion about the problem of massive (dozens of stocks) stock assessment and promote capacity building for stock assessment. The a4a method facilitates the estimation of the current fish stocks and the prediction of their future status under alternative scenarios, which is essential for the sustainable and profitable management of fisheries.