ESEP 18:15-25 (2018)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/esep00183

Collection and dissemination of fisheries data in support of the EU Common Fisheries Policy

Hendrik Dörner1,*, John Casey1, Natacha Carvalho1, Dimitrios Damalas2, Norman Graham3, Jordi Guillen1, Steven J. Holmes1, Fabrizio Natale4, Giacomo C. Osio1, Hans-Joachim Rätz5, Cristina Ribeiro6, Paraskevas Vasilakopoulos1

1Unit D.02 Water and Marine Resources, Directorate D - Sustainable Resources, DG Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission, 21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
2Institute of Marine Biological Resources & Inland Waters, Hellenic Center for Marine Research, Aghios Kosmas, 16777 Athens, Greece
3Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Co. Galway, H91 R673, Ireland
4Unit E.06 Demography, Migration and Governance, Directorate E - Space, Security and Migration, DG Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission, 21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
5Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, Palmaille 9, 22767 Hamburg, Germany
6Fisheries and Information Branch, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 00153 Rome, Italy
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ABSTRACT: A systematic European Union (EU)-wide data framework for the collection of fisheries data in support of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) was first implemented in 2002. Since that time, EU data collection regulation has undergone 2 revisions in response to evolving policy needs. The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) is responsible for conducting research and providing advice on fisheries management under the CFP, and since 2005 has worked closely with the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF). JRC and STECF have an open data policy, and aggregated data submitted by EU member states in response to data calls issued under the provisions of the data collection regulation are published via the website of the STECF. This paper provides an overview of the fisheries data activities carried out by the JRC in support of and in collaboration with the STECF and discusses some of the benefits and drawbacks of such activities.


KEY WORDS: Common Fisheries Policy · CFP · Data Collection Framework · DCF · Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries · STECF · Scientific advice · Fisheries management · Fisheries policy · Open data policy


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Cite this article as: Dörner H, Casey J, Carvalho N, Damalas D and others (2018) Collection and dissemination of fisheries data in support of the EU Common Fisheries Policy. Ethics Sci Environ Polit 18:15-25. https://doi.org/10.3354/esep00183

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