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Economic Data Collection

Annual Fisheries Economic Survey

Under EU Data Collection Regulation (EC 2017/1004), Ireland is required to provide economic data for the seafood sector (i.e. Fisheries, Aquaculture and Processing). In 2010, National legislation (S.I. No. 132 of 2010) was enacted to strengthen the case for data collection. 

Ireland is required to submit economic information on the operation of the Irish Fishing fleet to the European Union (EU). As such, all owners of Irish registered fishing vessels, over 10m, active in the previous year, are contacted to request their co-operation with this requirement by providing economic information on the operation of their vessel(s). 

The information provided is grouped by the fleet segments and is submitted to the EU to inform European fisheries managers and policy makers. The information is also used to produce the annual economic report on EU fisheries. 

How do we collect the data?

The data is collected in two sections for the over 10m vessels:

  1. Section 1 – Crew Survey Form 
  2. Section 2 – Fisheries Economic Form 

Data for the under 10m fleets are collected through a Sentinel Vessel Programme and under 10m survey forms completed as part of the grant application process. 

All survey returns are treated confidentially and stored in a protected and secure database with limited access. The data received is combined with other vessel information within the same fleet category, based on LOA and primary fishing gear. The aggregated data are then given to the EU.

The EU uses these data to:

  • Produce an Annual Economic Report for all fleets, in all member States.
  • Inform EU bodies responsible for providing economic and scientific advice in relation to TAC and quota allocation (e.g. The Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF)).
  • Assist in provide the justification for National and European programmes, which are focused on the support of the industry and coastal communities, under the CFP.