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Data Collection Framework - Useful links

The following organisations are responsible for the UK’s provision of data to meet the requirements of the Data Collection Framework. Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and Marine Scotland are primarily responsible for biological data while Seafish collects economic data. Working together with the national correspondent, based in the Statistics and Analysis Team, they contribute to the various elements of the Data Collection Framework (DCF), including to the UK’s national programme proposals, technical reports and provision of financial information.

UK organisations

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) is an internationally renowned aquatic scientific research and consultancy centre, based in Lowestoft and Weymouth.

It aims to be the prime source of high quality science used to conserve and enhance the aquatic environment, promote sustainable management of its natural resources, and protect the public from aquatic contaminants.

Marine Scotland is the lead marine management organisation in Scotland. It was established on 1 April 2009 as a directorate of the Scottish Government, to integrate core marine functions involving scientific research, compliance monitoring, policy and management of Scotland's seas.

Marine Scotland combines the functions and resources of the former Scottish Government Marine Directorate, Fisheries Research Services and the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency.

The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) is based in Belfast and is a leading provider of scientific research and services to government, non-governmental and commercial organisations. With their unique breadth of facilities and scientific capability in agriculture, animal health, food, environment, biosciences and economics AFBI conducts a wide range of valuable projects for both the public and private sectors.

Seafish, the authority on seafood, works across all sectors of the seafood industry to promote good quality, sustainable seafood. Its research and projects are aimed at raising standards, improving efficiency and ensuring that our industry develops in a viable way.

Seafish is the UK's only cross-industry seafood body working with fishermen, processors, wholesalers, seafood farmers, fish friers, caterers, retailers and the import/export trade.

A non-departmental public body), it is sponsored by the four UK government fisheries departments and funded by a levy on seafood.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is a government department in the UK. Its priorities are to:

  • secure a healthy natural environment for us all and deal with environmental risks
  • promote a sustainable, low-carbon and resource-efficient economy
  • ensure a thriving farming sector and a sustainable, healthy and secure food supply.

Research commissioned by Defra's Marine and Fisheries Science Unit:

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European and worldwide organisations

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre collects a range of fisheries data from member states in a standard format, enabling them to be easily analysed by teams of independent experts. The information derived is then used to inform the Common Fisheries Policy.

The Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) is responsible for reviewing member states' national programmes and other activities related to the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy. Established by the European Commission, STECF comprises highly qualified scientific personnel, particularly in the fields of marine biology, marine ecology, fisheries science, fishing gear technology and fishery economics.

STECF has the following working groups:

  • PLEN: Plenary
  • SG-BRE: Sub-group on balance between resources and the exploitation
  • SG-ECA: Sub-group on economic affairs
  • SG-FEN: Sub group on environmental impact
  • SG-MED: Sub-group on the Mediterranean Sea and on the Black sea
  • SG-MOS: Sub-group on management objectives and strategies
  • SG-RN: Sub-group on research needs
  • SG-RST: Sub-group on stock reviews

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea's (ICES) mission is to advance the scientific capacity to give advice on human activities affecting, and affected by, marine ecosystems.

ICES co-ordinates and promotes marine research on oceanography, the marine environment, the marine ecosystem, and on living marine resources in the North Atlantic.

Its members include all coastal states bordering the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea, with affiliate members in the Mediterranean Sea and southern hemisphere.

The North West Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO) is an inter-governmental fisheries science and management body.

NAFO was founded in 1979 as a successor to the International Commission of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries (ICNAF) (1949-1978). NAFO's overall objective is to contribute through consultation and co-operation to the optimum use, rational management and conservation of the fishery resources of the convention area.

The EU Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries is responsible for steering, in close relationship with stakeholders at regional and European level, the development and implementation of the Integrated Maritime Policy and to manage the Common Fisheries Policy. This is done with a view to promote the sustainable development of maritime activities as well as the sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources within and beyond Community waters. As such, the directorate's functions include management of the Data Collection Framework.

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Contact information

Statistics and Analysis Team
Marine Management Organisation
Area 8C
9 Millbank
c/o Nobel House
17 Smith Square

Tel: 020 7238 4670
Fax: 020 7270 8072
Email: statistics@

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