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National Seafood Survey – Fisheries

BIM conducts an annual survey in which all active vessels are requested to submit economic, employment  and operational details for their previous year’s activity.

National Seafood Survey – Fisheries (NSS)

The National Seafood Survey runs annually from October to January.

The data is collected in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/1004 and Commission Delegated Decision (EU) 2021/1167. Completing the survey is a condition of grant aid payment and a legal requirement (S.I. No 132 of 2010).

What is the purpose of the survey?

The survey asks a series of questions about the financial and operational performance of fishing vessels and the demographics of the crew. The findings of the survey provide key data and insights into the status of Ireland’s fishing sector on an annual basis. The returns form the basis for the justification of national and EU grant aid programmes, focused on supporting the industry and coastal communities. 

How do I register?

The online survey platform aims to make the process of providing data more efficient and secure.

  • Watch how to register for the BIM online survey: here
  • You can register for the BIM online survey: here

Once your account has been confirmed by BIM, you will receive an email with a link to access the survey.

Please note that this can take up to 24 hours on weekdays and 72 hours if you register over the weekend.

How do I complete the survey?

  • Watch how to complete the survey for vessels under 10 metres: here   
    The process is slightly different for over 10 metres vessels. The vessel owner completes the first section (i.e., vessel and crew questions), and their accountant completes the second section (i.e., income, expenditure, assets etc.)
  • Watch how to complete the over 10 metre vessel survey: here
  • Watch how to complete the over 10 metre vessel accountant’s economic survey: here


How do I access the survey?

Once you have registered and your account has been confirmed, you can access the survey here:

Further help

If you have experience technical difficulties registering or accessing the online survey, please email: or phone: 01-2144200 for technical support.


The data you submit is anonymised, grouped into fleet segments, and submitted to the EU in accordance with EU Commission Delegated Decision (EU) 2021/1167. No individual vessels/entity/person can be identified from the data submitted.


Your rights under GDPR

BIM as a data controller, gathers and processes personal information in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Irish Data Protection Act 2018 and other, applicable laws. For further information see our Data Protection Policy

For More Information

EU MAP Executive/National Seafood Data Collection Coordinator
+353 1 2144107
+353 87 9350312

Economist- Seafood Data Collection Framework
+353 1 2144117
+353 87 1136293