The adoption of a program for the collection and management of data that contributes towards reaching the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has, since 2001, been at the origin of the Data Collection Framework (DCF). The first change to this program took place in 2008, by Council Regulation (EC) N.º 199/2008, of 25 February, with the objective to evolve to a fisheries management by fisheries, based on the fleet and fishing zones, as an alternative to a management based on fish stocks.
In 2017, a new change took place, by Regulation (EU) 2017/1004 of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 17 May, which determined the current Union framework on the collection, management and use of biological, environmental, technical and socioeconomic data in the fisheries sector, as provided for in articles 2 and 25 of Regulation (EU) N.º 1380/2013, of 11 December 2013, of the Common Fisheries Policy.
The legal framework for Data Collection also takes into account Regulation (EU) 508/2014, of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 15 May, which changed the structure of financial support for data collection activities related to fisheries, aquaculture and related activities.
Data collection is essential for the application of the CFP, providing a basis for the best possible scientific advice. The data are needed to assess the state of the fish stocks, the profitability of different economic segments of the sector and the effects of fishing and aquaculture on the ecosystem.
The reform of the CFP, which took place in 2013, implied the adaptation of the scientific advice. This adaptation was particularly important in order to achieve the maximum sustainable yield (MSY) for fish stocks by 2020, to manage fisheries taking into account their impacts on the ecosystem and gradually introduce the landing obligation. As a result of the reform, there were changes in the way of obtaining some data, namely in terms of strengthening regional cooperation.
The new DCF only considers data collection obligations where the data concerning fisheries are not collected and managed in other Union legal acts, becoming the main instrument for collection, management and use of biological, environmental, technical and socioeconomic data concerning the fisheries sector. Taking into account the objectives of the CFP, giving greater responsibility to Member States and involving more the end users of scientific data, regional coordination has been strengthened and extended.
Therefore, Member States cooperate with each other with a view to coordinating their work plans for the same maritime region, creating and applying procedures, methods, quality control of data collection and processing, in order to enhance the reliability of data.
To ensure uniform conditions for the implementation of DCF, the European Commission is responsible for the approval of regional work plans submitted by the Regional Coordination Groups (RCGs), as well as the procedures, rules for sharing costs of research surveys at sea, format and calendars for the presentation and approval of regional work plans.
In Portugal, the entities and staff involved in DCF, are:
Directorate-General for Natural Resources, Safety and Maritime Services (DGRM)
Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA)
Regional Fisheries Directorate of the Autonomous Region of the Azores
Regional Fisheries Directorate of the Autonomous Region of Madeira
Mafalda de Freitas Araújo (Diretora Regional do Mar)
The Portuguese Work Plan for 2020-2021 was approved by the Commission Implementing Decision C (2019) 9478, 19 December 2019.
All Portuguese Work Plans and Annual Reports can be found at: https://datacollection.jrc.ec.europa.eu/wp-np-ar
PNRD 2011-2013, 2014-2016 and 2017-2019
All Work Plans and Reports can be found at: http://datacollection.jrc.ec.europa.eu/.
Ordinance No. 63/2016, of 31 March, approved the Regulation for the Support for Data Collection under the Common Fisheries Policy, under the European Union priority established in paragraph a) of paragraph Article 6 (3) of Regulation (EU) 508/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 15 May 2014, on the European Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Fund (measure provided for in Article 77 of the same regulation).
At the address: https://balcaomar2020.pt information is available to be used in applications for financial support under the terms of Ordinance 63/2016, referred to above.
Ordinance No. 47/2018, of February 12th
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|Ordinance No. 63/2016, of March 31th|| |
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|Regulation (EU) No. 2017/1004 of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 17 May, 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) N.º 199/2008||Download (879 KB)|
|Commission Delegated Decision (EU) 2021/1167, of 27 April 2021, establishing the multiannual Union programme for the collection and management of biological, environmental, technical and socioeconomic data in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors from 2022|
|Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/1168, of 27 April 2021, establishing the list of mandatory research surveys at sea and thresholds as part of the multiannual Union programme for the collection and management of data in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors from 2022|
|Commission Implementing Decision C (2019) 9478, of 19 December 2019, approving the work plan of Portugal for data collection in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors for the period 2020–2021|
|Commission Implementing Decision C (2018) 2005, of 19 December 2018, approving the work plan of Portugal for data collection in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors for the period 2018-2019 and repealing Implementing Decision C(2017)9068 final|
|Commission Decision C (2016) 8909, of December 19, 2016, of 19 December 2016, approving the work plan of Portugal for data collection in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors for the period 2017-2019|| |
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Regulation (EU) No. 508/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 15 May, on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
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|Commission Decision C (2013) 5568, of 13 August 2013, extending the national programmes for the collection of primary biological, technical, environmental and socio-economic data in the fisheries sector for the period 2011-2013 to the period 2014-2016||Download (54 KB)|
|Council Regulation (EC) No. 199/2008 of 25 February||Download (94 KB)|
|Commission Decision C (2011) 1096, of March 3, 2011, approving the work plan of Portugal for the collection of primary biological, technical, environmental and socio-economic data in the fisheries sector for the period 2011-2013||Download (106 KB)|