The programme of fisheries statistics in the EU provides statistical information on fisheries needed for the management of the Common Fisheries Policy. The programme comprises the following elements: catch statistics, landing statistics, aquaculture production statistics, supply balance sheets for fisheries products, fishing fleet statistics, employment statistics, socio-economic data, and structural and sustainability indicators. The programme of work is designed primarily to provide statistical support for the management of the Common Fisheries Policy and to meet the EU's commitments to international bodies of which the EU is a contracting party. Apart from meeting numerous ad hoc requests for data from EU institutions, national and international organizations, and public and private organizations and individuals, Eurostat meets routine requests for data from the FAO: fishing fleet statistics, thereby removing the obligation of EU member states, the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation and other regional international organizations to supply data; catch statistics to meet the EU's obligations as a contracting party of these organizations and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES); and catch statistics, under the terms of the Eurostat/ICES Partnership Agreement.
For the EU region Eurostat is planning a redesign of the fisheries statistical database. The new design moves away from a global system of management of fisheries statistics to a system which is more focused on the needs expressed by users and of higher quality. With revised needs and uses for fisheries statistics and fewer resources available, there is a need for a more efficient and higher-quality data environment and a decrease in the workload for data providers. An important consideration for this redesign is a decrease in the overlap of data systems with those of other international organizations, such as the FAO.
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