Parliament’s Fisheries MEPs agreed this week with the Council on the new rules for data collection in fisheries. More efficient data collection and management would lead in better and comparable data. This would help making better decisions in fisheries based on scientifically proven evidence.

“We are pleased that we finally reached an agreement on the Data Collection Framework (DCF), which will create a solid environment for taking decisions on scientifically proven data”, said the rapporteur Marco Affronte (EFDD, IT).

Mr Affronte issued the following statement:

 “If we want to take rational and fully justified decisions, then we need reliable and comparable data. This is a satisfactory agreement as it fully aligns with the Common Fisheries Policy rules. We succeeded in extending the collection of data to cover other sectors as well, besides professional fishing activities, such as aquaculture and anglers. The new rules apply to the fishery sector in its totality and not only according to its commercial value.

“So far, data collection and management is done at national level. With the new deal we introduce the use of regional databases (whereby “region” stands for macro-areas, like the “High Adriatic”) in order to have a broader range of comparable data.

“Access to this database for all institutions, scientists, environmental associations is also very important.”