The main purpose of the project is to develop an integrated fisheries information system with the aim to enable reliable scientific advice and to support the work of the RCGs, facilitating a better performance towards efficient management, fast response times of data processing and increase of data robustness delivered to end-users. In addition, the RDBs will facilitate the work of the EU Member States by reducing the burden of multiple data submissions (for data calls) under different formats. They will allow end users to calculate statistical estimates of data tailored to their needs, and help to streamline and ease the reporting of Member States on the EU data collection. For the construction of the database and for the estimation subsystem, the hierarchies, structure and estimation methods of existing development initiatives (similar to RDBES) will be considered. The tools incorporated in the Med&BS RDBFIS will facilitate the fulfilment by EU MS of data collection submission and reporting obligations at the EU and international levels. Therefore, the RDBFIS should become the source of EU data to support data requirements under the DCF for the specified marine region and should contain detailed biological data of demersal and small pelagic species and aggregated transversal data (i.e. landings and effort). There are also a number of other areas that the RDBFIS could service, such as: bycatch and PETS data, large pelagic data, recreational data, alien species. As an added value, a series of advanced functionalities will be incorporated in the RDBFIS allowing for: (i) estimation and mapping of effort and landings by rectangle for the small scale fisheries, (ii) analysis of VMS data and (iii) estimation of ecological indicators. The tools and processes that will comprise the parts of the RDB will ensure the ‘value’ and quality of data: data has to be validated, quality-checked, compliant, inter-exchangeable and well defined.
Building on the results of the MARE/2014/19, MARE/2016/22 and other relevant existing work (RDBES, IMAS-Fish, FishFrame), this project aims to support projects that further enable RCGs and MS to strengthen regional or EU-wide cooperation on data collection. The final product will be a state of the art web-based integrated fisheries information system driven by a friendly graphical user interface to support the management, analysis and elaboration of alphanumeric and spatial data from the fisheries sector. Open source packages will be used for the development of the Med&BS RDBFIS. The final hosting location of the Med & BS RDB will be decided from the Commission, RCG and Member States.